The browser gained momentum in India over the last few years for its speed and sheer number of features, which included a robust download manager, customizable add-ons, and integration with third-party services. China-based UC Browser is the leading mobile browser in India with over 100 million base in the country and has a bigger base than Google Chrome.
Google has removed the popular "UC Browser" from the Google Play Store.
According to a report on Android Central, the reason for the takedown could be "malicious redirect ads served up by UC Web's affiliates to inflate installs".
An email, recently received by Android Police's Artem Russakovskii from the parent company UC Union, also supports the same theory. If one types UC Browser in the Google Play Store, only the UC Browser mini is listed. "It was said that the application could access user data even after its removal from the phone", says the report. The step is in line with a previous report that suggested UC Browser was stealing user sensitive data and sending it back to remote servers in China without user's consent. This concerned the Indian government, considering the tension between India and China over the Dokhlam issue.
Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, both on desktops and mobile devices.