The fast & smooth browser for mobile
UC Browser is one of the most popular browser in the playstore, and by far, the most popular cross-platform browser for mobile devices.
UC Browser by UCWeb is a browser designed to compress web pages on the fly to reduce data usage. Even though there are other browsers that compress web pages on mobile devices but UC Browser just does it better without breaking the web page. There are also other reasons that make this browser such a popular choice.
Compressed pages, does not break them: When you open Facebook using UC Browser on your smartphone, you will notice that the page that is loaded is same as how feature phone browsers display the page. Same goes for other sites such as Google, Bing, YouTube, Outlook, or Gmail.
Now, instead of going for a compressed version of the site first, UC Browser loads pages that are designed for low-end devices, even on smartphones. This makes the loading times really fast and keeps the functionality intact. Also, it resizes the page elements to make sure that they adapt well to touch screen devices. This mobile browser compresses the images in the browser and has different levels of compression. The more the compression, the worse the image looks, but the more data is saved. Compression also allows pages to be loaded over extremely slow connections.
Control what content loads: Besides compression controls, you can also control what content is loaded by the browser. This is a unique feature that is not present in the default browsers. On other browsers, you can use add-ons to achieve this, but UC Browser supports this out of the box.
This comes in handy when you are low on data or need some quick textual information. Using UC Browser, you can easily turn off loading images. Then you can load the site. It would load in seconds over a 2G connection. You can also define what font will be used to render text in certain scenarios. Rendering text with a font that is already on your system will speed up loading times even more.
Truly Cross-Platform: Besides being a popular mobile browser, UC Browser excels at being a cross-platform browser. There is a version for every mobile OS, and even older phones are supported. Older Nokia phones that ran Java applets also have a version of UC Browser for them. Major phone OSes, such as Android, Windows Phone, and iOS are supported by the browser.
The app also maintains a consistent UI across all these devices. Every OS has its own design language, such as Material design for Android, and Modern Design Language or Project NEON for Windows 10. But UCBrowser does not adhere to any of these standard design languages. Instead, it uses its own design elements and uses the same across all the platforms. This makes it easy for anyone to use the browser on different devices.
A familiar UI: Maintaining a similar user experience on different devices makes UC Browser truly usable on any device. When you launch the app, you will be welcome to a start page with speed dials. The speed dials are similar to that of Opera’s desktop version and also that of Opera Mini. It was Opera who pioneered the concept of speed dial.
This browser comes with some sponsored content and affiliate links in the speed dial page. You can remove those and add your own with ease. Once done, you have set the page, you may not see the high-resolution icon of the page unless you visit it.
When you are using UC Browser, you will feel very familiar with it. In the app’s visible UI are addressed bar, search, tab button that pulls up tabs with live preview as well as reload. You can customize the app bar to some extent. For example, you can swap the reload button with the back button or so. There are many such nifty customizations that allow UCBrowser to be a really productive browser.
Customizable: UC Browser supports theming. There is a settings page that deals with the UI customization of the browser. These include the size of the elements, color scheme, and themes. UCWeb hosts a site dedicated to themes. This is also similar to Opera’s themes on the Speed Dial page.
These themes are basically images that can completely change the look of your browser by adding images to the app background. You need to use the online store to set the images; you cannot do that with your own images, however. There is a large selection of themes, and anyone can find one that fits their taste.
Night Mode: UC Browser sports an app-wide night mode. Whereas most apps implement the dark theme to just their web pages its makes the whole app dark. This allows navigating the app much easier than other browsers in the store.
The dark mode or the Night Mode just does not change colors of the apps, it adds a layer in front of the app, reducing contrast and fading out all the parts of the app. This makes it perfect for reading in the dark.
Speed Mode:The Speed Mode makes loading web pages on UC Browser blazing fast. This mode, more than often, breaks web pages though. This loads only the necessary texts and links, and images if you specify. Speed Mode is perfect when your signal strength is dwindling, and it is taking ages to load a web page.
Video Downloads: Finally, coming to another feature that UC Browser is great for, is downloading videos. It supports downloading videos from YouTube, just like another YouTube Video Downloader. So, if you are keeping a separate app around for YouTube video downloads, you can finally ditch that.
UC Browser can also download videos from other web pages too. Speed Mode comes in handy when downloading videos. Loading a website with embedded videos in speed mode allows you to download and view the video instead of viewing it in the browser. In this way, you can also download videos from other sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo etc.
UC Browser’s popularity came from how the developers advertised it in the first place. First, the browser came pre-installed in a lot of feature phones and later, smartphones too, before 3G & 4G connectivity was available to the masses in developing countries. UC Browser’s major competitor was Opera Mini. However, Opera, lost its relevance in the smartphone sector as the company suffered from internal struggles. UC Browser, on smartphones, offered similar functionalities as that of a feature phone, thereby, making it a blazing fast web browser.
UC Browser is a complete replacement for the stock OS browser in mobile devices. For desktops, it is still not as competent as Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Chromium based browsers. But on phones, this browser is still the king of the hill since it addresses all the issues that people face while browsing on their phones. These issues crop up especially when you are on mobile data or have low signal strength. So, even if you use Firefox or Chrome on your phone, you can keep UC Browser as an alternate app for browsing, reading and also downloading videos.