UC Browser, a popular mobile Internet browser by UCWeb, is claimed to
have surpassed the 500 million quarterly active users mark and is now said to be the
largest third-party browser by user base.
It has been also noted
that out of the browser's 500 million quarterly active users, 300 million use an Android
device, with India and China comprising the browser's major chunk of
"Out of UC Browser's 500 million users, 300 million use
Android. With market leadership in China and India, the world's largest
and second largest countries by population, as well as having a strong
Browser is steadily moving towards fulfilling its mission to provide a
better mobile internet experience to billions of users around the
world," said the firm.
To celebrate the milestone, UC Browser has
launched a new brand mascot. UC Web claims it has been redesigned to
"better embody the faster and smarter web experience UC Browser delivers
to its users."
In addition, UC Browser's proclaimed new mission
is to provide users "with more than just a browsing tool", but also a
"platform of rich content and services specially developed for users in
different regions", reflected by its product tagline - "A Fast
All-in-One Web Experience". One example of this approach is UC Browser's
newly launched train enquiry service in India that gives users an easy,
one-stop solution for checking train status and ticketing information.
company is also looking to expand its shared mobile ecosystem. It is
currently working with 5,000 partners - including online service
providers, app and game developers, and e-commerce merchants. The
company says it is also looking to expand its territory beyond
smartphones and tablets. In early March, UC Browser for TV (Chinese
version) was launched with features including access to online videos,
TV-based online shopping, and plugins that turn your smartphone into a
Earlier this month, UCWeb rolled out a new update to its UC
Browser HD (version 3.0) browser
app for Android. Some of the new additions in UC Browser HD 3.0 include
gesture controlled browsing, which requires just a swipe of finger to
go forward and backward through webpages; a gesture controlled video
player, which detects the videos on a webpage and activates the built-in
player offering gesture control over the video being played. In
addition, the volume, brightness and playback progress of the video can
be adjusted with a single finger slide.
Another addition to UC
Browser HD with version 3.0 is
the intelligent text zoom feature, which automatically enlarges the text
on the webpage with a text body, such as news articles and forums.
this, the UC Browser got the feature of 'Easy Downloading Mode',
which apparently helps make the user's device into the 'ultimate
resource grabber'. The UC Browser 9.6 for Android's new Easy Downloading
Mode shows 'all downloadable resources from a web page in a list' for
easy download of content, seemingly tweaked for images, enabling users
to choose and download the content they desire.