China's UC Browser is top mobile browser in India

China's UC Browser is top mobile browser in India

Summary: Almost 1 in 3 in mobile users in India are now using the software developed by Chinese firm UCWeb, with Opera browser in second place.

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TOPICS: Browser, Mobility, India
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Mobile users in India favor a Chinese app for browsing, with almost 1 in 3 in mobile users in India using China's UC Browser, developed by Chinese firm UCWeb.

UC Browser powered 29.9 percent of total Internet traffic on phones, ahead of Opera which had a share of 28.5 percent of Indian mobile users, reported TechGig.

UCWeb claims to already have 400 million users worldwide, with the majority of them in both China and India. The app is available for all major platforms, including Nokia's Symbian and Google Android devices from UCWeb's Web site

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China’s UC Browser is top mobile browser in India.

The browser features a modern, easy to user interface and features such as caching video for offline viewing, This itself is a great feature in India, as not all mobile users have access to fast downloads, either because of their network, data plan, or device itself. Furthermore, the UC Browser has won the best browser of the year award for 2011 and 2012, from about.com.

In fact, the growth in India is so strong that UC Web has recorded a 60 times growth within India alone in the last three years. UCWeb is now designating its office in India as its second headquarters outside of China.

Unfortunately, India's Intelligence Bureau (IB) is apprehensive about the growth and popularity of Chinese software and IT being used within India. In fact, the IB is considering banning the popular Chinese messaging app, WeChat, for issues pertaining to national security.  

Personally, I don't see what the real issue is, especially since the government has slowly, and quietly, rolled out the Central Monitoring System (CMS) across most of India. In other words, the Indian government now has the tools and technology to monitor and intercept all forms of communications, something which they essentially need to prevent further incidents such as the Mumbai 11/26 attacks in 2008.

From their standpoint, the Indian government basically feels that foreign software and IT being used in India, especially from China, has backdoors, giving Chinese authorities access to information too. Well, if that actually were the case, in addition to proving it, which Indian authorities and others have yet to do, why not just ban the import and sale of Chinese software and IT? In regards to telecom, as reported in an earlier article, as of October 1, all imported equipment and technology will subjected to testing, which has yet to be outlined.

My question is what's wrong with friendly competition from China? Perhaps the IB's real aim and intent is to hamper the growth and development of foreign technology within India, thus allowing domestically grown products to shine. But if that's the case, why aren't India firms lining up and taking more of an active interest within India's mobile industry?

On the hardware side, no doubt, India is doing well within the mobile sector, with companies such as Karbon, Micromax, Lava, and Onida, to name a few. However, programming and software still comes from China, as do most of the parts. It's just the final assembly that’s done in India.

Is there no interest from India in developing their own software to run their devices? There's a large and vast pool of qualified programmers across India, however, they'd rather be working for a large MNC or apply for a green card and head off to the U.S. in search of the American dream. 

Topics: Browser, Mobility, India

Nitin Puri

About Nitin Puri

Originally from Canada, Nitin has been residing and working in India since 2009. He has worked in different ICT industries in countries such as India, Canada, and Tanzania. He is an avid follower and application developer within the growing mobile phone sector in India.

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  • If it is serious, it should be banned

    IB would be hardly interested in protecting domestic product vendors. Infact there aren't any strong competitors for that matter. If IB is saying that, we can believe that it is true. Why ban all apps for one defaulter? There are many alternatives for WeChat.
    One more thing, every superpower needs to spy. US and UK are no different than China. The only thing is China poses an immediate security threat in many regards. Leave personal messages aside, even a statistical data through apps can help China for better strategic decisions.
    nirubhai
  • youre a joke

    you know what is funny about indians, and why i dont take indians seriously? you never hear any indians even dare to bring up the subject about a security threat when it comes to google, skype, facebook, or yahoo... let alone talk about banning it. any sane person would put all eyes on the west. the west actually has a very long track record of overthrowing governments and political destabilisation using exactly facebook, youtube, google, twitter, and line. tunisia, egypt, and ukraine have all been overthrown with the use of western social networks. now ive never heard of any govt getting overthrown through wechat, or ucbrowser. in fact, if the chinese are such a threat, then why is taiwan still in the hands of the west? that would be the first govt theyd overthrow, im sure. even hong kong remains firmly in the grip of western dictatorship. so..are indians blind or afraid to offend their white western masters? and it;s funny that you bring up the mumbai bombings, especially since they have found direct ties to the west's involvment. does the name David Headley ring any bells? yet again, demagogs like nirubhai are crying about china. you guys talk about direct threats, and cant even put two and two together. and i bet if you traced the asasinations of gandi, i wonder who that would lead back to? china, or the west? not to mention any political asasination in general. the brits turned india from the richest country in the world to the poorest. indians were colonised by the brits through brut force and aggression, and brits continue to meddle in indian politics (as well as most former colonies), yet indians do not see brits as a threat, instead it;'s the chinese... who are running a web browser. use your common sense.
    Zack Toth
    • thailand

      and now you add thailand to the list of overthrown govts with the use of facebook, twitter, skype, etc
      Zack Toth