NEWSLETTER: Play Store’s Brutal Crackdown On UC Browser & Google Home: A Sturdy Competitor For Alexa?

NEWSLETTER: Play Store’s Brutal Crackdown On UC Browser & Google Home: A Sturdy Competitor For Alexa?

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Technology… the knack of so arranging the world that we don’t have to experience it”~ Max Frisch

PLAY STORE REMOVED UC BROWSER

THE STORY

Google Play Store removed UC browser and there is no official information or reason behind the same so far.

WHY WAS UC BROWSER REMOVED?

The Alibaba Group’s app UC browser was taken down from the Google Play Store as there were allegations of unethical data sharing by the app.

There have been speculations that UC browser was serving up ads from its associate organization to increase downloads, which is against the Google Play Store guidelines. One of the employees at UC browser, Mike Ross  claimed that he received an email in which he was informed that UC browser was being removed from Play Store for thirty days as the methods followed by the company to increase the download was “unhealthy” and “misleading”

Then a UC browser spokesperson sent an email as the answer to Mint’s queries which stated,”We were informed by Google Play about temporary removal of UC Browser from the Play Store for 7 days, beginning 13 November 2017, under the reason that a certain set of UC Browser is not in line with Google’s policy. We have conducted an urgent internal investigation and fixed the problem. The new version has been uploaded to Google Play Developer Console and is awaiting evaluation. We will actively cooperate with Google Play for any concern caused by this unintentional error.” So far, nothing seems to clear the confusion.

HOW DID IT ALL START?

Some of the users complained that the user data on UC browser was sent to some Chinese organization, even when the app was uninstalled. In August, India’s IT team was analyzing the app after the complaints. A news surfaced if the allegations were proved to be true, the app might get banned in India.

UC browser is still on Apple’s App Store and another version, UC Browser Mini, is still listed on Google Play Store so it’s not as harsh as it seems for UC Browser.

WHAT DID GOOGLE SAY?

There was no clear statement released by the company but a spokesperson said, “We can’t comment on individual apps, but all apps on Google Play must comply with our terms of service.”

The step taken proved the warning provided by the company to abide the policies in recent times should not be taken lightly. So, apps start following the rules, otherwise, there would be no future to build for them.

IS GOOGLE HOME FINALLY READY TO COMPETE WITH ALEXA?

THE STORY

Google Home upgraded the Assistant with a lot of features for app developers.

WHAT DOES THE CHANGE MEANS?

Google took a huge step and introduced a handful features for app developers improving your experience with Google Assistant better. The list includes daily updates, a new push notification, and additional language support. One of the most alluring features is speaker-to phone transfer, a new API feature, which makes it possible to start a task or an action on Google Home speaker and competes it on your phone.

For example, you can order food from your favorite restaurant from Google Home and get the receipt of the same on your phone. This is not the only change. The push notifications are also a big part of the change. With new API, apps would be able to send important updates on the phone with the upcoming Google Home spoken functionality. Moreover, with the update, there would be a filter defining what apps are okay for your kids. The support for languages like Italian, Brazilian, Spanish, Portuguese has been also added. With the update, now the Cancel command allows the app to send a polite farewell before logging off.

WILL IT BE REAL CONTENDER FOR ALEXA?

With all new and improved features, Google is all set to compel the market and attract users.  Since Alexa is dominating the market with accessibility features and futuristic look, Google has to improve and outstand to entice users and take the crown.

Srishti Sisodia is a technical content journalist at Systweak Software. Apart from being a capable engineer, her affinity for inscription draws her towards writing interesting content about contemporary technologies and progressions. She is an avid reader and a fare connoisseur. She relishes different cuisines and when it comes to baking, she takes the cake!

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