The Mobile India is reporting that mobile browser UC Browser, a browser originating from China has managed to gain more downloads from the Mobango App Store. The new browser has seemingly trumped Opera’s nifty offering by 33% more downloads. We will check how the app has fared on other platforms and if it really has the potential to topple Opera from its sweet spot.
Lets look at how both the browsers fare on Google Play:
- UC Browser installs: 500,000 – 1,000,000
- UC Browser ratings: 10,785
- Opera Mini installs: 10,000,000 – 50,000,000
- Opera Mini ratings: 266,081
Opera is enormously popular on Android in India due to the compression facility that it offers. Internet infrastructure is not really up to the mark in the country and hence the heavy usage.
We also checked how both of them were doing on the Itunes App Store but there is no install data available, hence we will have to resort to indirect means like Number of rating and the actual value of the ratings.
- UC Browser ratings (Current version): 27
- UC Browser ratings (All versions): 162
- Opera Mini ratings (Current version): 90
- Opera Mini ratings (All versions): 1735
We also checked Nokia’s Ovi Store and there was no data on which one was doing better except for the fact that both the browsers had the same 4 star rating. The UC Browser on the Blackberry app store has a 2 star rating while Opera Mini has a 4 star rating.
Mobango is a cross platform app store which has around 8 million users and sees 1 million app downloads on a daily basis. Google Play, iTunes and Nokia’s OVI are much bigger in terms of download and users. So Opera Mini’s number one position is still strong on almost all platforms. This is due to that fact that Opera has tie-ups with major device manufacturers who provide Opera directly on their phones, which are mostly feature phones. Thus, even though UC Browser’s download count might increase but currently it can’t compete with the Mini yet. UC Browser has indeed started gathering steam and is very hot right now. The browser has good webpage loading compression, a similar feature that Opera Mini offers. The Android version had voice commands too!
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