BEIJING, Jan. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Alibaba UC Mobile Business Group announced today that its flagship UC Browser, which aims at providing an open and unfettered mobile browsing experience to users worldwide, has reached 100 million daily active users (DAU) in December 2014. The new milestone coincides with the browser becoming the world's most popular third party mobile browser by page view market share (11.1%) as of 2014 year-end, according to StatCounter an independent web traffic analytic service.
The past year has seen UC browsers making further headway in markets it presents. In addition to holding firm at the top spot in China according to iResearch, UC Browser entrenched its market leadership in India to a market share of 41.2% as of December 2014 according to StatCounter, up 9 percentage points from the year earlier, speaking to loyal following and advocacy in India. UC Browser's leading position in India is also testified by more than a 50% growth in DAU in the second half of 2014 according to the company's internal data. In Pakistan, the world's sixth-most-populous country, UC browser triumphed to become the No.1 mobile browser with a market share of 29.1% by the end of 2014, as observed by StatCounter, making Pakistan the third country where UC Browser leads as the top browser choice. In both Indonesia and Russia, UC Browser recently soared to the top ranking browser at local Google Play store respectively by downloads.
Exciting progress has also been captured elsewhere, reflecting the company's efforts in making the mobile web more open and accessible to users the world over.
Since the launch of the first version of UC Browser in 2004, the browser has been regarded as the namesake of mobile Internet due to its gateway position that connects people with the mobile web. Over the past decade, UC Browser rides on the mobile shift, provides and satisfies its users across global markets with features catered to their demands, including features like page load accelerating, data compression as well as cloud account system that puts unified and seamless browsing experience at a wide array of devices. All these efforts made by the browser along the way have propelled it to become the centerpiece in people's daily mobile life.
"The recent milestone not only puts us in the hundred million DAU app club and evidences our user engagement, but also motivates us to carry out our mission to connect more people in the world to mobile Internet through constant innovation," said Mr. Yu Yongfu, president of Alibaba UC Mobile Business Group. "The recent crossing of the 100 million DAU mark just brings us closer to that goal."
Alibaba UC Mobile Business Group
Alibaba UC Mobile Business Group was formed after Alibaba Group's acquisition of UCWeb Inc., the No.1 mobile browser company in China, in June 2014. The group, which is under the leadership of its president Mr. Yu Yongfu, oversees the browser, mobile search, location-based services, mobile gaming, and mobile reader operation.
The group combines Alibaba Group's strength in e-commerce, cloud computing and big data technology and UCWeb's leading market position and technology in mobile, will enable deeper synergies between the two.