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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.

Sincerely,
ABP

Comment [4]

  1. Michael · 2017-11-21 12:59 · #

    The best way to promote ABP browser, setting up communities within their countries (Internet). Many people in Asia live within an “Internet bubble”, UC browsers is the only Adblock browser in existence, to their knowledge.

    UC browser is huge because, websites in Asia are f*cking filled with bloated ads. Internet allowance is so limed, every megabyte counts.

    Reply from Ben Williams:

    Good points, Michael. It is indeed really tough to get the word out about Adblock Browser in countries where ABP the extension has not been traditionally big.

  2. Armando · 2017-11-26 02:29 · #

    I’ve been using UC Browser for about 2 years. It is the most complete and comfortable browser with its own video player and customizable background. And even when I have in my phone other browsers like Chrome (by default), Firefox and Brave, UC is the one I use the most.

    Of course I’ve tested ABP Browser, and of course it fulfills its function but it didn’t exceded my expectations. It still feels a lot like using Firefox, and like in any other product, esthetic is important for costumers (or in this case, users). I wouldn’t think twice in giving ABP Browser another chance, but it would be great if you guys could do something to refresh its interface.

    Reply from Ben Williams:

    Thanks for the feedback, Armando. We’ve got a lot in store for Adblock Browser coming next year, so make sure to give it another spin sometime soon.

  3. Skeptical dude · 2017-12-01 17:45 · #

    Huh. Interesting. Haven’t you guys submitted requests for other people to be taken down, like Magic Adblock?

    Reply from Ben Williams:

    We’ve pursued trademark violations, sure, especially when people are aping our brand to spread malware. Don’t really see the connection here, I’m afraid.

  4. bopoh13 · 2017-12-12 10:05 · #

    Lately a lot of negative reviews on the Play.Market. Installed Firefox Focus. Do you have advantages over it? Compressing traffic slows down the download, right?

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