UC Browser Banned From The Google Play Store For Misleading Promotions

UC Browser is developed by UCWeb, which is owned by China’s Alibaba Group. UC Browser is the mobile-friendly web browser which is removed from the Google Play Store. The app is more popular in India, which overtook Chrome browser and becomes the most useful web browser for Indian Android user. The browser has 500 million downloads on the GooglePlay Store, where 100 million downloads are coming from India.


UC Browser has become India’s most favorite mobile browser and also, it holds over 50% of market share. In India, it comes in the Sixth position of a most downloaded Android app on Google Play Store.

There is no Confirm statement that why this app was removed. But the theory present Reddit mention that it redirects to the malicious content. Also, the app contains more ads which are provided by UC Web. This app is affiliating to download the unnecessary app that’s why Google take action and remove the browser from Google Play Store.

Explanation from UC Union

An email received by Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii from UC Union (UC Web’s affiliate network) reinforces this theory:

Dear Partner, We hereby emphasis again that UC Union prohibits any and all misleading/malicious advertising method(s) to procure new users when promoting UC Browser campaigns, such as by using slogan inconsistent with the Product functions, or by using inductive slogan.

DO NOT use the Malicious Promotion method(s) or STOP such behavior immediately if you are acting so.

Upon discovery a Malicious Promotion, UC Union is entitled to

(i) STOP your payment settlement, or DEDUCT your corresponding payment made to you.

(ii) compensation in recovery of the loss suffered by UC Union, including but not limited to loss of UC Union’s good will, loss of users of UC Union Product(s), removal of UC Union Product(s) from Google Play or Apple Store, and any other loss as a result of your Malicious Promotion.

(iii) require you to CLARIFY the facts for elimination of the negative impact shed upon UC Union.

(iv) resort to any other legal measures if necessary.

UC Union is looking forward to cooperating and developing with you in a healthy UC Union ecosphere.

There are no Official statements from UC Web or Google regarding the delisting of UC Browser, it looks like the ban will temporary. Mike Ross tweeted in its tweet as shown below.
Above Android will keep an eye on any official word on this matter. As, UC Browser Mini, an alternative app built for lesser version devices, is still available on Google Play Store. Feel free to comment, about this article in our comment section below.