UC Browser is developed by UCWeb, which is owned by China's Alibaba Group.
UC Browser for Android appears to have been taken down from the Google Play Store. The browser is known for its data compression features, which allow users to access maximum content without having to worry about mobile data consumption. The report also ranked the UC Browser as the sixth most-downloaded application on Android platform in India.
Earlier this month, UC Web announced that the mobile browser has crossed 500 million downloads. UC Web claims that it has up to 100 million total monthly active users in India. As a result, its removal is a shocking step to say the least.
Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, both on desktops and mobile devices. Like sending user data back to China, something that China-based application developers often get accused of in addition to shady practices like tag-jacking (so as to top app store searches), using misleading names, copying the names of popular apps and lots and lots of ads (including lock screen ones that just won't go away).
UC Browser has come under scrutiny regarding data security concerns in the past.
While there is no official confirmation about the ban so far, a Twitter users who claims to work for UC Browser said that the delisting of the app would be in effect for 30 days.
The popular browser seems to have been pulled down by Google over standing allegations that the browser had been slithering vital user information. In 2015, Canadian researchers claimed that the Chinese and English-language version of UC Browser "made easily available to third parties personally identifiable information like location, search details and mobile subscriber and device numbers".
However, the Official UC Browser Mini is still there and can be downloaded.