While Chrome remains on top with the most usage share of web browsers in all platforms, UC Browser remains one of the contenders when it comes to mobile web browsers. Developed by the Alibaba Group, a Chinese e-commerce company and the parent organization of the world’s largest online business-to-business trading platform for small-scale industries. This company also came out with the web-browser for both Android and desktops platforms.
Launched in 2004, UC Browser was first designed for J2ME application and now, it is supported by a variety of platforms that include iOS, Windows Phone, Symbian, Java ME, Blackberry and Android. But among the platforms, Android has the largest user share for UC with 300 million downloads out of the 500 million users of Google’s Android OS.
What is there to like about UC Browser?
One of the most interesting features of this mobile web browser is that it does not take up much of storage space with only 16 MB and 50.9 MB on Windows PC. With more storage space available, users can download and save more files. Moreover, surfing the net will be faster. Another likeable about the browser is that it is available in several languages, such as, Hindi, English, Bangla, Tamil, Russian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, French, Arabic, Spanish and Portuguese.
UC Browser also makes use of data compression and cloud acceleration. As such, servers of the browser become proxies that are capable of compressing data of web pages. Also, UC is adaptable to environments with same networks as well as capable of downloading multiple file formats.
For web apps, this browser features cloud synching and uses HTML5 just like Google Chrome and the latest web browser from Microsoft which is Microsoft Edge. It comes with UDisk, a cloud storage service that gives the user more storage space that can be as much as 6GB, with 3GB permanent storage and 4GB temporary storage. That said, UC Browser can be at par with other big name web browsers.
Installing UC Browser on an Android phone is easy via Play Store and it is for free. Simply type “UC Browser” on the search bar and choose the appropriate app on the search results. Click on the install button and the download process will start.
UC Browser mini for Android is also now available for download.
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