You may not have heard of UC Browser before and even if you did, you might not have tried it out. However, for the record, it is the fourth most popular mobile browser in the world, closely following web browsers like Google Chrome, Safari, and Firefox. That’s impressive, right? Would you like to try it then? Another brownie point for UC Browser is that the developer is none other than the hugely popular Alibaba Group. Actually, the web browser is developed by a Chinese mobile Internet company by the name of UCWeb, which is owned by the Alibaba Group, but you get the gist!
So, what’s harm in trying out something new in this age of technological advancement and innovation? However, before you do make the switch we’ve compiled a list of things you should know about this browser. So, here goes!
It saves all the videos you watch
Once you download anything through the UC Browser (any file, PDF or song) it gets stored on your device’s internal storage under the folder named ‘UC Downloads’. Now, if you’re someone who likes to keep your track record hidden, that’s not something you’d like as a feature on your web browser.
This feature helps most when you’re trying to save battery or are working on the computer or phone at night. The best part? It’s a free feature and can switch it on by simply going into the menu and clicking on the night option in the UC Browser.
Having over 400 million users, UC Browser is popular across different countries having different languages. And hence is available in almost 11 languages and over all the major OS.
According to Qualys SSL Lab test, a lot of vulnerability has been detected in the UC Browser including Logjam, FREAK and POODLE. In short, your data is exposed and unsafe.
Removed from Google
The app was removed from the Google Play Store for unethical data sharing. Doesn’t sound very trustworthy, right?
Good for browsing, but not for transacting
The great features provided by the UC Browser make it a good choice for internet browsing through the computer and phone. However, based on a large number of reviews and feedback from users, if you plan on making transactions or pay something in an online store or in an online play store, it is advisable to use any other browser. The UC browser is only good for downloading files or other stuff from the internet or just casually browsing the internet.
Downloads UC News and its updates
Probably the most annoying feature, which most users have complained about is that UC Browser downloads UC News without the consent of the users. Over and above this, the UC News keeps updating and running in the background draining away the battery. Besides this, it also forces users to download their other apps.
Like every other app and software, the UC Browser comes with its own pros and cons. So whether or not you’d like to use it, depends on you. Would you be using UC Browser or have you used it before? Let us know in the comments!