Something big happened in April 2018. For the first time in half a decade, Alibaba-owned UC Browser was no longer the No. 1 browser in India. Google’s Chrome had pipped UC Browser to the pole position.
This was no small feat.
At the peak of its popularity, in 2016, UC Browser had about 60% mobile market share by page views in India, according to web analytics service Statcounter. The nine-year-old browser, rarely used in the west and virtually unheard of outside Asia, for years dominated both the Chinese and Indian markets, fending off Google’s global browser muscle.