UC Browser Download for PC Windows 10, 8, 7 free

UC Browser Download – UC Browser is a mobile browser developed by Chinese mobile Internet company UCWeb (also known as UC Mobile). Originally launched in April 2004 as a J2me-only application, it is available on platforms including Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Symbian, Java ME, and BlackBerry.

With a huge user base in China, strong adoption in India and continued growth in emerging regional markets, UC Browser reached 500 million global users in March 2014

The app was recently updated for Android, and was tested both that and also the UC Browser+ for the iPad. Both versions of the app are fast, load quickly and add a lot of useful features, but is that enough to get you to switch from your favourite?

UC Browser gets you all the bells and whistles that you’ve come to expect from a desktop browser – tabbed browsing lets you go through multiple pages quickly, while a speed dial at launch gives you quick access to your favorite sites. Support for extensions can add a lot of useful functionality as well, and you can move to full screen browsing with the touch of a button.

Overall, the browser is fast and easy to use, and loads pages quickly. The latest Android version also includes support for hardware acceleration of page loading for devices with 2GB RAM or more. However, that’s still a fairly high benchmark, and only a handful of phones have that much RAM for now though newer phones will meet this requirement.

One new feature on Android is the addition of a full download manager, which is very useful when trying to save multiple files – the app also lets you choose the page elements you want to save, which can be very helpful if you either want to save only the images, or if you’re on a slow connection and don’t want to get stuck downloading heavy elements, for example.

The app also auto-loads the version of the page that is most suited to your connection speed, which is an interesting feature which actually does come in handy. However, there are a couple of issues.

For one thing, on a phone screen, all the options take up a fair bit of space, though there is a full screen mode to get around this. The other issue is that the tabs aren’t immediately accessible – you have to call up the tabs menu to see the different pages you’ve loaded.

The iPad version of the app also has some great features, such as social browsing. If you sign in with Facebook, then you can see links that your friends are sharing in the sidebar to quickly open. It also lets you load a floating video, so you can watch the clip while continuing to browse pages. That’s an interesting feature, though it was hard to figure out when it would actually be useful.

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Page sharing is also more robust than in Safari, but again, requires you to sign-in to your various networks from the app to be useful. Possibly the best feature though, is the addition of multitouch gestures – this is something that really makes it stand out from Safari. A two-finger swipe to the left and right are back and front respectively, while two fingers swiping up opens a new tab and swiping down closes the tab.

Overall, the app is powerful, and loads pages quickly on both platforms. It’s also fairly easy to use. The catch is that while it’s a lot better than the default browsers, UC Browser isn’t a huge standout as compared to other popular browsers out there, such as Dolphin, or Coast by Opera.

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Those apps have many of the same features as well; this means that if you’ve taken the time to set up a browser to work the way you want, with all your bookmarks and other saved data, then it’s not going to be worth making the switch now. If you’re still using the stock browser though, you’ll find UC Browser a worthy upgrade.
UC Browser is available as a free download for Android, iPhone, iPad and other platforms.

Features

The browser uses cloud acceleration and data compression technology. UC Browser’s servers act as a proxy which compresses the data of web pages before sending it to users. This process helps load web content faster. The browser can adapt to different network environments and support multi-file format downloading. In addition, UC Browser has HTML5 web app and cloud syncing features.

UC Browser is available on several smartphone and feature phone platforms, but Android represents the largest user-base for the company, with 300 million of its 500 million total on Google’s mobile OS.

UC+: HTML5, WebApp and Add-ons

In July 2013, UCWeb announced the UC+ Open Platform. The platform consists of a WebApp store, an Add-on Platform and an Application Bookmark Platform. It went live with the launch of UC Browser v9.2 for Android.
Developers can use an SDK provided to create programs that can be called on in different usage scenarios. Users can download them from the browser’s add-on panel to get a more personalized internet browsing experience, like the sharing to SNS, webpage translation, augmented reality, voice control, etc. The Application Bookmark Platform allows partner websites to put up a QR code on UC Browser for users to scan the code and add the webpage to their bookmarks. The UC WebApp Center was one of the first for mobile WebApps in China.

Download management

The browser supports simultaneous downloads and includes a download manager, including pages for offline reading. It supports pause-and-resume downloads. The new version of download manager has improved features to solve problems while downloading such as an intermittent internet connection and mislabeled files. The download process will continue even after you completely close UC Browser and the download process will automatically resume if the download is interrupted for some reason, again, all in the background. The download manager automatically sorts downloaded files according to their type and places them in the respective folders.

Data compression

Data compression reduces data consumption while users are browsing. Since 2006, UC Browser has been leveraging more compression and rendering work on its server, similar to the operation of a thin client.

Cloud system

The cloud system used by the browser distributes data from the closest servers. As a result, the loading process is quicker and smoother. A “View it later” mode caches web pages with their videos, images and text for offline viewing.

Sharing

UC Browser can be used to share to Facebook and Twitter, with the WP version offering more sharing options.

How to Install UC Browser

  • Make sure that your PC is connected to the internet and does not suffer from any intermittent connection issues so that the download process remains smooth.

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  • Installing UC Browser on PC requires you to download an ‘Android Emulator’. You can use ‘Bluestacks’.
    An alternative to ‘Bluestacks’ is the popular android emulator called, ‘Andy’. You will be required to download this first. Go to http://www.andyroid.net/ and download and install it quickly on your PC because this software is available for free. Andy is essentially an Android Emulator. This software provides the platform to enable download and installation of android store based apps on your PC.
  • After Andy’s download is completed, you will have to locate the ‘downloads’ folder of your browser to access the executable file. Double click on the Andy’s executable file, which will start the setup process. To successfully complete the installation, you must follow the on-screen instructions which by themselves are pretty easy to follow. The software will be installed within minutes and can be made to run on both windows and Mac computers.
  • After Andy’s setup file tells you that the installation is complete, then you have to launch the Andy software emulator by clicking on the .exe file, a shortcut of which will be made available on your desktop. The Andy software will appear just like how android appears on a smart phone device or tablet. Then, using the Andy interface, locate and launch the Google Play Store.
    From the Google Play store, search for the app, ‘UC Browser’.
  • Click on the ‘install’ after the search results display the UC browser to you. This will successfully install UC Browser on your PC through the emulating virtual hardware created by Andy. However, make sure that you are ready with your Google ID credentials because the Play Store will ask you to login using those details before installation can begin.
  • After the automatic installation is complete, you may now start using the UC browser. But a suggestion here is appropriate. Because UC browser requires the virtual hardware of a smart phone, you will be required to launch the Andy emulator before you launch UC browser.
  • With these steps you will be able to successfully launch UC Browser from your PC.

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