Chinese browser is top app on smartphones in India

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NEW DELHI: UC Browser, an app available for all major mobile platforms including Nokia Symbian and Android phones, has become the top mobile browser in India. According to latest data from StatsCounter, the browser developed by UCWeb, a Chinese firm, powered 29.9% of total internet traffic coming from mobile phones in India in July.

The latest figures are likely to ring alarm bells within India's security establishment. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) officials are reportedly wary of growing use of Chinese IT services and products in India. In June, IB proposed a ban on WeChat, an instant messaging app made by a Chinese firm.

Opera browser, which topped the StatCounter list in June with a traffic share of 30.3%, was second in July with 28.5%.

While UCWeb claims it has over 400 million users in 150 countries, majority of them are in China and India. The browser features a modern and easy-to-use interface as well as features like caching of videos for offline view. This helps users who have slower data connection in their phones. It won the 'best browser of the year' from About.com, a popular website, in 2011 and 2012.

In March this year, UCWeb announced that it registered a 60 times growth in India in the last three years.

UCWeb also announced that it is designating its office in India as its "second headquarters" after China. Xiapeng He, co-founder & president of UCWeb, said that the decision was taken because the company believed in going local to serve the needs of local consumers.

Kenny Ye, the company's managing director for India, had added, "In the Indian market we have seen a huge demand for watching videos and mobile downloads. Our browser is leading the trend in this case as we are now further optimizing our product to negate the effects of slow and erratic networks and huge data costs."

UC Browser is part of Google's Play store as well as other app stores, including iOS app store, and hence there is little chance of a hidden vulnerability or malware in it. But that does not mean that it could be not be privacy or security risk to Indian users.

Mohit Kumar, a white-hat hacker and security researcher and who runs TheHackerNews website, said, "Even benign looking apps can be dangerous. On smartphones it is possible for apps for seek permissions and access rights that sound genuine and normal but then use these permissions to spy on users or collect their data without telling users."

Source: articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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    Oct 01, 2009 by sunny | Posted in Cell Phones & Plans

    I recently brought a Chinese mobile phone. There is this Indian company bringing these Chinese mobile phones to India and then branding them with their company logo and selling it as their mobiles. I want to know what operating system do these mobiles work on? Can I download software and install them in my phone, like I use to do with my Nokia?

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