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App In Focus: UC Browser

UC Browser
UC Browser

Our Current Browser: UC

App In Focus is our new segment which will focus on great mobile applications that we constantly use on our smartphones or that we manage to discover. To kick things off we’d like to share with you guys the browser that we’ve been using on our Android smartphone lately — UC Browser. We decided to leave Chrome mainly because we didn’t like their implementation of the tabs for the pages (bundled with all other apps). (Ed. Note: changing Chrome to remove the bundling can be done via Settings, apologies for the oversight!)

So what’s UC Browser? It’s a free download from Google Play and it was founded in 2004. It’s available in more than 150 countries and they’re a business under the Alibaba Group. What makes it special? For us it does three things exceptionally well: user interface, features, and download speeds.

UC Browser is very intuitive and easy to navigate. There’s a slight loading time when you fire it up for the first time but after that you get to the app home screen. There’s the URL/Search bar at the top while your bookmarks and favorite sites are displayed below. Control panel is at the very bottom.

Can either be in cards or list mode
Can either be in cards or list mode

Accessing the Settings will open up a lot of customization options. You can change how multiple pages appear to either cards or list. You can change the theme from regular (light) to night time. You can also enable Ad Blocker and a bunch of other features/add-ons.

Settings
Settings
Some of the Add-Ons
Some of the Add-Ons
Incognito Mode
Incognito Mode
Night Time Browsing
Night Time Browsing

In terms of optimization and downloads, the UC Browser uses data compression and cloud acceleration which saves data consumption and speeds up web page loading. This was very noticeable for us as we often using our smartphone to browse through websites.

Full page browsing FTW
Full page browsing FTW

So far we’re loving UC Browser. We might give others a try as well but for now we’ll stick to this one first and we recommend that you guys check it out for yourselves by getting it from the Google Play Store.

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

16 Comments

  1. The only problem na experience ko with UC browser is minsan nagiging arabic language ang google kahit naka english naman

  2. “We decided to leave Chrome mainly because we didn’t like their implementation of the tabs for the pages (bundled with all other apps).”

    – you can adjust that in settings and make tab switching in the app itself and not bundled with other apps.

    – can UC browser sync desktop bookmarks with chrome?

    1. Hi Suigeneris! It can’t but we don’t really use the syncing thing so it’s not an issue. Thanks for the tip on Chrome. We’ll keep that in mind if ever we decided to come back to it. For now we’re downloading other browsers to test as well. πŸ˜€

  3. Uh, you can actually revert to the old way of managing tabs in Chrome. Tinker through your settings. Too hasty writers who do not research, Unbox. Too hasty.

  4. UC web at operamini symbian pa OS gamit ko na yan pangit kase mga built-in browser mabagal ang loading nakaka (beast mode) πŸ˜€

  5. Been using this Browser since the Nokia s40 Era.. until today.. πŸ™‚ .. Mainly my everyday browser on my Asus Zenfone 5 and Fonepad 7.. πŸ™‚

  6. great browser!!! i’ve been using uc ever since on my nokia n8 untill now on my asus tablet:-):-):-)

  7. UC browser is great when it comes to Flash based websites but it doesn’t have chromes “Swipe on the address bar to go to the next tab” feature which i use a lot and the tabs is only limited to 12.

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