Alibaba group owned UCWeb on Wednesday has announced a major upgrade to their popular mobile browser app, UC Browser for Android users . the latest update is designed especially for the Indian market and marks the app version to 12.0. it includes new features such as Watching videos while downloading and Video previews, Smoother browsing experience, Smart weather and Smart Zodiac, Multitasking support and more.
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Read the changelog here :
Save 50% data – The new UC Browser supports latest video coding format, VP9 Codec, helping save up to 50 % data as compared to the last version, while returning the same video quality.
Flexibility of switching definition – The upgraded browser supports new Media Source Extensions, introduced by World Wide Web to facilitate video streaming on websites. It will help optimise pre-loading of video on website and switch the definition automatically under different network situations.
Watch videos while downloading and Video previews – The updated browser gives users a “no buffering” video experience. Viewers can also click “Play” and watch video simultaneously while it is downloading. Further, user can easily get a preview on a thumbnail by clicking the video and decide whether to continue watching before downloading the whole clip.
Smoother browsing experience – UC Browser now runs on the upgraded core U4 Kernel, which allows for faster page loads without draining the RAM of the device. This helps with providing a fast and smooth browsing experience, even for users with budget phones that have RAM as low as 1-2 GB.
Smart weather and Smart Zodiac – The updated version has added two customised functions – Smart Weather and Smart Zodiac Signs. Now the browser will remind users about the weather forecast and horoscope prediction of the day.
Supports Multi-tasking – User can now continue to watch a video and browse simultaneously – the video plays in a small window.
UC Browser 12.0 tackles CPU Exploits – UC Browser 12.0 addresses concerns regarding the recently-disclosed CPU exploits. The new version contains mitigations against Spectre, recently-discovered vulnerability that is affecting a number of processors around the world.
Announcing at the launch event, Shallia Li, Head of UC Browser (International Business Department) at Alibaba Mobile Business Group, stated, “UCWeb has always been dedicated in making content easily accessible for users, even when they are in limited bandwidth area. With evolving user demands, we are also upgrading our technology. Our data compression technology now provides a ‘No buffering’ video watching experience. Our vision of “Content for everyone, Every Content for One” is making content accessible for users regardless of network infrastructure and mobile hardware type while also personalizing and customizing the content as per user’s preference,”
The latest update brings supports for latest video coding format, VP9 Codec which helps to save up-to 50 percent data as compared to the previous version without compromising the video quality and buffers with zero time lag. the company also announced that UC Browser app has now 130 Million Monthly Active Users in India as of January 2018 and it is leading with a market share of over 43 percent.