After getting delisted last week, Alibaba-owned UC Browser is once again back on the Play Store. UC Web has clarified that the reason for the removal was "because of a certain setting of UC Browser that was not in line with Google's policy," and that the updated listing fully conforms to the Play Store's guidelines.
In a statement to Gadgets 360, Alibaba Mobile Business Group's Head of International Business Department Young Li talked about the passion of UC Browser fans, who managed to get the lightweight alternative to the browser to the top of the Play Store's free charts:
UC Web also cleared up the confusion surrounding a statement made by an alleged employee, who said that the browser was banned because the company was resorting to "misleading and unhealthy methods of promotion to increase installs" on the Play Store:
Google also chimed in on the ban, stating that its policy is to remove apps that violate Play Store guidelines:
UC Browser doesn't have a huge userbase in Western countries, but it is the most-used mobile browser in India, with a market share of 45%.
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