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Chinese UC Browser Overtakes Opera To Become #1 Mobile Browser In India

In India Online by NextBigWhat

Chinese mobile browser UC Browser has overtaken long time market leader Opera to become the most used mobile browser in India. UC Browser had been snapping at Opera’s heels for quite some time now. Earlier we’d written that it’s on the way to becoming India’s number one mobile browser.

With nearly 30% market share, UC Browser is ahead of Opera by a small margin, according to data from StatCounter*. The company has tied up with phone makers to supply UC Browser as a bundled third party browser and this seems to be working for them.StatCounter UCWeb

Last week, the Chinese browser company UCWeb which owns UC Browser launched an open add-on platform with its new browser version for which third party developers can make add-ons.

In September last year, UCWeb announced that its web browser users outside of China has reached 60 million. At the time in India, it had more than 20% market share. The company also announced last year that it had 400 million users and has more than 25% market share in India, its largest market outside of China.

UCWeb has partnerships with phone makers such as HTC, Samsung, Nokia, LG, Lenovo and carriers such as Vodafone, China Mobile and China Telecom.

Facing competition from the Chinese company, Opera had tied up with 7 Indian Mobile OEMs to pre-install Opera Mini on Android devices. India had the 2nd largest Opera Mini userbase in the world.

For mobile browser companies, India is the new battlefront as it overtakes Japan to become the third largest smartphone market in the world. New entrants like Maxthon are also planning an aggressive push in India.

Desktop Browser Market Share in India

Statcounter BrowserWhen it comes to desktop browsers, Google’s Chrome has widened the gap between its closest competitors and has more than 50% marketshare in India. Firefox has shown little progress over the last year and has more or less stagnated at 28% market share. Internet explorer has a 13% share in India.

[* StatCounter data is derived from websites that use the StateCounter script.]