An Open Letter to UC Browser users · 2017-11-17 17:15 by Ben Williams
Dear UC Browser users (and anyone out there searching for UC Browser):
It sucks that UC Browser was temporarily booted from the Google Play store. Right? It seems that nobody is quite sure why UC got kicked out. At first there were unsubstantiated rumors that Alibaba-owned UC was phoning home to China with its Indian users’ data (ruh-roh). Seems that’s not the case: As Android Police reports, the much more likely reason they got placed in time-out is for trying some “malicious” advertising tactics.
Whatever the reason, we understand how frustrating it must be for you to search for the ad-blocking browser only to find nothing. Actually, it happened to us once, too. When we got kicked out it was a bit more clear-cut, and permanent. According to the Play Store, our now defunct Android app interfered with other apps (of course it did: it blocked the ads in them).
If you’ve never heard of UC Browser, it’s probably because you don’t live in China or India. However, this is a big deal. In India alone UC Browser reportedly has 100 million users, with lots more in China and Indonesia. Our frenemies over at PageFair found that 94 percent of global mobile ad block usage is in the Asia-Pacific region – most of this being from UC, the report maybe should’ve been subtitled: “Why UC Browser is fucking huge.” But anyway, the point is we’re dealing with a lot of users here…
A lot of disappointed users, who are exposed to ads right now. If you are affected by the loss of UC Browser, why not give Adblock Browser a shot? While UC is surely awesome, its ad-blocking feature is not as robust and beefy as ours – ad blocking’s our specialty, after all, which is why it’s called “Adblock Browser.” Also, small detail, but we haven’t been kicked out of the store …
One thing’s for sure: it’s nice to be on the sidelines in this spat.