UCBrowser Topples Opera Mini from the top slot in India

Posted on May 23, 2012. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

UCbrowser got 33 percent more downloads compared to the long time number one mobile browser.


Opera Mini has long been the reigning king in the mobile browser space for feature phones. But now, that space has been taken by UCbrowserfrom UCWeb.
According to the latest data from Mobango, a popular applications marketplace with 8 million registered users worldwide, UCBrowser registered close to 33 per cent more downloads than Opera Mini Browser.
Another surprising entry in the list of most popular browsers is the recently launched QQ Browser from theTencent Group, which has seen rapid uptake on Mobango.

iBrowser, at third place after OperaMini, is a version of QQ Browser for India. It integrates customized content within the browser for Indian users, and is amongst the fastest mobile browsers today.
UC Browser, which, like the QQBrowser, also has Chinese roots, has close to 20 percentmarket share in India and over 300 million users in more than 150 countries.
But the user base of Opera Mini is still much higher, and with many feature phones coming with Opera Mini browser built in, the need to download Opera Mini doesn’t arise. For instance, MediaTek,which provides chipsets for many feature phones in India, has a tie-up with Opera to preinstall the browser in feature phones. Opera has many similar tie-ups with handset brands as well
Nonetheless, till last year Opera Mini was number one even in terms of downloads and therefore UC Browser is certainly challenging its dominance.

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