Many people in the UK have not even heard of the less popular UC Browser. However it has been available on the internet for quite some time now.
Mostly the browser that people use most across the globe continues to be Google Chrome. Interestingly 0.7 per cent of people in the UK used UC Browser to browse the web in December, while 45.63 per cent used the trusted Chrome. The statistics are similar in other parts of Europe where UC Browser is not just behind Chrome in usage but also way behind Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Samsung Internet, Edge, Opera, the Android browser and Yandex. Even in the US its market is not more than 0.32%.
However if a report by Wall Street Journal is to be believed, in some parts of the world like india and china it has emerged as a main competitor of Google Chrome.
StatCounter data has revealed that, in India, UC Browser had a 36.35 per cent share of the market last year, with Chrome just ahead on 42.77 per cent. But on mobile, UC Browser was the most popular option amongst users, with 43.44 per cent of the market, as opposed to Chrome’s 35.48 per cent share.
Even in China, UC Browser had a 31.49 per cent share of the market on mobile last year, with Chrome just ahead on 36.87 per cent. In Indonesia, UC Browser had a 33.35 per cent share on mobile, with Chrome on top with 42.27 per cent.
What makes UC browser a popular choice though in these nations is that it is most suited for people with slow and unstable internet connections. Another feature that people find very useful is that it offers a Facebook mode which helps the social network site to load better and faster while blockings ads at the same time.
However the browser has a fair share of its problems. In 2016, The Citizen Lab released a report saying it was vulnerable to hackers, and that different versions of the browser had been transmitting “personally identifiable information with easily decryptable encryption”.
There were also unidentified reports suggesting that the browser was being used to send India-based users’ personal data to servers in China.
It will be interesting to see if the browser continues find markets in other nations as well or will its popularity decrease among these nations too.
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