UC Browser

Introduction

Torch Browser is a free Chromium-based web browser and internet suite. Panama-based Torch Media Inc. designed and released it on June 18th, 2012. Torch Browser is available on macOS, and Windows operating systems. It serves both as a web browser and BitTorrent client. Torch Browser is written in only a few select languages, i.e., English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish, and German. It operates both a freeware and adware license.

Summary

Our rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

👍🏻 The good
  • Free
  • Built-in media and torrent player
  • Customisation
  • Access to games
👎🏻 The bad
  • Language support
  • OS support
UC browser Rating: 7 out of 10

According to Statista, UC Browser has the third largest market share amongst all internet browsers behind Google Chrome and Safari. According to the last market update in February 2019, UC Browser has a 7.28% share, Safari has 21.29%, and Google Chrome has 56.74%. It operates a freeware license and is available in 15 languages, namely Chinese, English, Urdu, Bangla, Hindi, Russian, Portuguese, etc.

In 2012, UC Browser topped Opera in the free apps chart on Google Play in India for the first time with Opera having 26.91% market share as opposed to UC Browser, which has 32.82%. In March 2015, StatCounter reported UC Browser to be the top mobile browser in Indonesia. In March 2014, it was reputed to have reached 500 million users due to a large user base in China, India, and Indonesia. However, as of 2016, UC Browser has more than 100 million active users. Download UC Browser here.

About UC Browser

UC Browser is the flagship product of UCWeb Inc. It was designed to provide better internet experience to billions of people all over the world. It is available on over 3000 cell phone models from over 200 phone manufacturing companies in more than 150 countries.

Researchers have found out several vulnerabilities in the UC Browser application. It reportedly uses outdated RC4 cipher cryptography and SSL2/SSL3 protocol which has multiple security flaws. In March 2019, Dr.Web (a Russian anti-virus service) reported that the application was downloading and installing extra modules from the company servers via an unprotected HTTP channel.

Also, in 2015 & 2016, Citizen Lab reported the leaking of private information of users after testing the English and Chinese version of the software. Later on, in 2016, Alibaba Group sent the updated versions of UC Browser to Citizen Lab to verify the vulnerability patches. The result of the test proved negative as Citizen Lab reported that the Company fixed only some of the security concerns. Presently, there is an ongoing investigation of these security concerns by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, India.

UC Browser provides two apps for Android users, namely UC Browser and UC Browser Mini. It functions both as a mobile web browser and search engine. It also allows users to download and share videos. Users can win cash and other prizes by inviting friends to use the app. It has extra functionalities to enable its users to have a smooth experience.

Features

As a top-tier web application, UC browser updates its features to provide maximum user satisfaction. Notable features on the UC Browser application includes;

Video Preview Feature

It allows its users to preview a file before downloading. It has an in-built media player which is used to play the video. You can control the volume, increase/decrease brightness, etc. It also provides a no-buffering experience. Therefore, users can preview their videos without delay.

Data Saver

UC Browser helps its users to save data. User can now have a long-lasting video experience. Users can also revisit recently opened pages without reloading. This feature is available on both UC Browser and the Mini version. For convenience, you can scroll up and down a page using the phone’s volume buttons.

File Reader

UC Browser has an inbuilt file reader to preview documents, i.e., DOC, XLS, PPTX, PDF, ZIP, RAR files, etc.

Access to Latest Content

Users can read news stories and have access to trending contents on the web across different categories, i.e., Entertainment, Sports, Business, Art, etc. The application studies the user’s internet experience to provide contents. UC Browser has a newly-added feature identified as UC-Cricket, which allows users to catch up with live scores and updates.

QR Code Scanning

UC Browser allows users to use a barcode to enter URLs. The QR Code scanner uses the phone camera and redirects the browser to its web address.

Download Manager

The browser supports downloading multiple files at the same time. You can also save pages for offline reading. Users can also stop, pause, and resume file downloads. In case of bad internet connection, the application pauses the download and continue later, thus saving data. All files downloaded on the browser are saved into its respective subfolders. Its latest version has a feature which increases download speed by 25%.

Skin Customization

Users can now customize their UC Browser application using new themes or pictures. To change its appearance, visit the UC Theme Center to download new themes. You can also switch between night and light mode for better viewing.

Incognito Browsing

This feature allows users to browse without being monitored. In Incognito mode, the tabs collapse once the application closes. Also, visited sites are not included in History.

Data Compression

UC Browser performs compression and rendering works on its servers.

UC+ Open Platform

This feature was introduced on UC Browser in July 2013. It features a WebApp store, Application Bookmark, and add-on Platform. This feature allows developers to create different programs that the browser runs in different scenarios. These programs can be downloaded and installed from the add-on panel. Notable programs include webpage translation, voice control, augmented reality, etc.

Cloud Sharing

Although its main servers are based in China, UC Browser fetches data from nearby available servers to boost performance.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • It is Free: UC Browser is free to download on all supported devices. It works perfectly on Android and iPhones. To download UC Browser for Android, visit Google Play.
  • Incognito Browsing: It affords users a private internet experience. You can listen to music, watch videos, play games and surf the internet without leaving a trail behind.
  • It saves Data: It helps users to minimize data usage. You can stream music and watch videos using this feature.
  • Customizable Interface: You can customize the browser’s interface to your taste. You can use personal pictures or download new wallpapers and themes from the UC Theme Center.
  • Smart Downloads: You can download multiple files. Its latest version has an increased download speed feature. You can pause and resume downloads at your convenience.
  • File Preview: You can preview audios, videos, and documents before downloading.

Cons                                                          

  • Security: The browser is insecure. It has been reported to have several vulnerabilities leading to user information leak and possible malicious attack.

Different Versions

UC Browser for Android has two different versions. Both perform the same functions; however, UC Mini is lightweight and more comfortable to use. It also has a smaller size. To download both versions, search for UC Browser or UC Mini on Google Play.

Compatibility

UC Browser is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Java MTK, and Microsoft Windows. Download UC Browser for iPhone here. For Windows, click here.

Summary                                             

UC Browser is a web browser. UCWeb Inc. developed it. It holds the third largest market share amongst internet browsers, as revealed by Statista. With an active user base in China, India, and Indonesia, UC Browser has a community of 500 million users. It is available in English, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Arabic, etc. It is available for download on Android, iPhone, Windows, Java Phones, Windows, etc.

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