UC Browser is a proprietary cross platform web browser developed by UC Web. and backed by the Alibaba Group. UC Browser is available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows RT, S60, J2ME, Windows CE, Microsoft Windows, MTK, Tizen, Bada, BREW operating systems.
The browser comes with features like; Ad Blocker, Virtual Wifi tethering to other device via your Computer. UC Browser is also equipped with an inbuilt video grabber and image grabber for plucking media contents as you surf on the go.
The browser supports simultaneous downloads and includes a download manager, including pages for offline reading. It supports pause-and-resume downloads.
The new version of download manager has improved features to solve problems while downloading, such as an intermittent internet connection and mislabeled files. The download process will continue even after the app is closed, and will also automatically resume if the download is interrupted for some reason. The download manager automatically sorts downloaded files according to their type and places them in their respective folders.
The browser has available a cloud system which it use to distributes data from the closest servers. As a result, the loading process is quicker and smoother. A “View it later” mode caches web pages with their videos, images and text for offline viewing which is superb. For sharing users UC Browser can be used to share to Facebook and Twitter, with the Windows Phone version offering more sharing options.
In July 2013, UCWeb announced the UC+ Open Platform. The platform consists of a WebApp store, an add-on platform and an Application Bookmark Platform. It went live with the launch of UC Browser v9.2 for Android.
Developers can use an SDK provided to create programs that can be called on in different usage scenarios. Users can download them from the browser’s add-on panel to get a more personalized internet browsing experience, like the sharing to SNS, webpage translation, augmented reality, voice control, etc. The Application Bookmark Platform allows partner websites to put up a QR code on UC Browser for users to scan the code and add the webpage to their bookmarks.
Awards Associated with UC Browser
- The 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards Winners: Best Mobile (Non-iPad or iPhone) Browser by About.com.
- The 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards Winners: Best Android Browser by About.com.
- Red Herring 2012 Asia Top 100 Awards.
- Frost & Sullivan Best Practice Award 2013 was presented to UCWeb, the developer of UC Browser.
- The 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards Winners: Best Windows Phone Browser by About.com.
UC Browser is currently available in Chinese, English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Russian, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic and French languages.