Budget 2015 should focus on digital literacy, mobile internet penetration: Kenny Ye, UCWeb India

IndiaThe IT industry has high expectations from Budget 2015-16 in terms of attention and budget allocation. “We expect PM Modi government’s first complete Union Budget to outline the policy and regulatory framework to aid business sentiments and bolster growth,” says Kenny Ye, MD of UCWeb India. He says he hopes the new government is able to provide adequate thrust to investments in IT and its infrastructure, which could in turn act as an impetus to the the government’s Digital India mission.


UCWeb’s 1st hardware product turns your phone into a Game Boy

UCWeb, the Chinese company best known for making the most popular third-party mobile browser in the world, launched its first ever hardware product this week (h/t 36kr). The “Xiaoqi” gamepad is now on sale for RMB 99 (US$16) in batches of 2,000 via flash sale on its official website. With a button layout similar to an Xbox 360 controller, a phone mount folds out from the center of the gamepad to hold your Android phone or tablet securely in place.


China’s UC Browser teams up with Facebook in India [UPDATE: and lots more places, too!]

UPDATE: Our original story suggested that the UC Browser Facebook notification feature was only available in India. Actually, the new feature is available in all of UC Browser’s overseas editions. The article has been updated accordingly. Late yesterday, Chinese tech company UC Web announced that international users of its mobile UC Browser will be getting a special surprise: real-time Facebook notifications as they browse the web. Prior to this, Facebook has not offered real-time notifications outside of its own mobile apps, so this partnership is – according to UC Web – breaking new ground.


UC Browser beats out Chrome and Safari in China, India, and Pakistan, ranked 4th worldwide

UC Browser, the third-party mobile browser made by China’s UCWeb now fully owned by Alibaba, announced it is the world’s most popular third-party mobile browser, according to StatCounter. UC Browser now holds 11.1 percent of mobile browser pageview market share worldwide, overtaking Opera. UC Browser’s percent market share has actually slipped from 11.8 percent since a year ago, but Opera slipped even further, from 16.3 percent down to 9.1 percent.


UCWeb partners with leading e-commerce firms

NEW DELHI: China-based mobile Internet browser company UCWeb today said it has partnered with leading e-commerce firms including Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal for a 15-day Diwali shopping festival. “The idea is that you can browse and compare the product prices via UC Browser, to find the best available deals from Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Myntra, Jabong, Homeshop18 and Shopclues,” the company said in a statement.


Alibaba’s mobile commerce endeavors may benefit from new merger

China’s e-commerce behemoth Alibaba has established a new department, which is responsible for the integration of businesses involving the mobile browser, search, and gaming services. This department will take care of the mergers that Alibaba is looking to make with other companies that exist in the mobile space. The first such company is UCWeb, which is a prominent mobile Internet browser company. By teaming with UCWeb, Alibaba is expected to further solidify its growing dominance of the mobile space.


Alibaba’s updated IPO prospectus reveals new details about UCWeb acquisition

Chinese ecommerce leader Alibaba last night updated its SEC prospectus, revealing, among other things, details about last week’s acquisition of mobile browser maker UCWeb. The deal, which Alibaba proclaimed to be the biggest in Chinese internet history and bigger than Baidu’s US$1.9 billion acquisition of 91 Wireless, cost Alibaba US$479 million in cash and 12.3 million company shares for the remaining one-third of UCWeb.


Jack Ma talked him into it: all the dirt on Alibaba’s acquisition of UCWeb

Yesterday, Alibaba and UCWeb jointly announced the former’s full acquisition of the latter, publicly calling it the biggest merger in the history of Chinese internet companies. Today, UCWeb founder and CEO Yu Yongfu gave an interview to foreign media to discuss his company’s role within Alibaba moving forward. While he remained vague about some of the details, here’s everything we’ve learned so far:


Chinese app distribution heats up as Alibaba acquires rest of UCWeb in $4 billion value deal

While many in the Chinese mobile games market see Tencent’s domination of distribution and publishing is almost inevitable, the other giant players in the market have other plans. In 2013, search giant Baidu spent $1.9 billion buying app distribution outfit 91 Wireless, and now ecommerce giant Alibaba – which is about to IPO in the US – has fully acquired UCWeb. It’s best known for its UC browser, which in China has spawn the UC 9Game platform, which provides a combination of Android app distribution and social interaction for players.


Alibaba acquires UCWeb in ‘biggest Chinese internet merger in history’

China’s biggest ecommerce company Alibaba will wholly-acquire the country’s biggest mobile browser maker UCWeb, according to a joint announcement made today. Alibaba will buy all the shares of UCWeb that it does not already own. UCWeb CEO Yu Yongfu will become part of Alibaba’s new strategic decision-making committee, and all 3,000 of UCWeb’s employees are now under the Alibaba umbrella as part of the “Ali UC mobile business group” (translation ours).


UC Browser woos Indonesia, sees market share double to 11%

Indonesia’s mobile phone users are growing in number rapidly each year, so it’s no wonder that many firms are vying to woo them in some way. One of these is China-based UC Browser. The team now claims it’s Indonesia’s third most popular mobile web browser, behind Opera and Android’s default browser. That’s why Indonesia is one of its main markets.


Alibaba and UCWeb team up to make another Chinese search engine, this time on mobile

Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba and mobile developer UCWeb today announced their latest joint venture: mobile content search. The two companies have created a mobile search engine for apps, shopping, and ebooks, in addition to the more traditional search model. The development of Shen Ma actually began in July of last year. Sina Tech reports Alibaba owns 30 percent of the new search engine and UCWeb owns 70 percent. Last October, Alibaba invested US$50 million in US-based app search engine Quixey, showing company’s growing interest in mobile search.


World’s most popular mobile browser from China soars past the half billion user mark as it picks up steam overseas

UC Browser, the world’s most popular third-party mobile browser made by China’s UCWeb, announced today it passed the 500 million global quarterly active user mark. UCWeb reported hitting the 400 million user threshold in May of last year, which means the browser gained an additional 100 million in less than 12 months. 300 million of its users are on Android.


Led by UC Browser, China spends twice as much time on mobile browsers as last year

iResearch, the Shanghai-based internet research firm, released a report today revealing data on mobile browser usage in China. Among other key points, the study revealed that the most popular mobile browser in China (measuring both iOS and Android devices) is UC Browser, the popular app designed by UCWeb, with a market share of over 65 percent when measured in monthly active users. Sitting behind UC Browser is Tencent’s QQ Mobile Browser with roughly 30 percent market share, followed by Baidu’s Baidu Browser at roughly 10 percent.