Does anybody know what UC stands for? My mind races quickly to the Universal Constructor device from a well known cyberpunk first person RPG shooter that came out at the turn of the millennium. Oh by the way, did you know that the WTC Towers were missing from the NY skyline on the Liberty Island map? Deus Ex (if you haven't figured it out already) was released only months before the islaMic terrOrStS played flAppy birD in Manhattan, so to speak.
Coming back to UC Browser, here we have an Android browser that looks as chic as ffeather earrings (...) The home page goes beyond the standards of a browser by looking like the main page of a variety magazine. You have:
- Headlines from a tabloid mobile site Start Magazine
- Hot Videos, fresh from Youtube's Trending tab (the one that I never click on)
- 9Apps, an alternative source for downloading APK files (if you don't know what that is, please stay away from this)
- 9game, a questionable game downloading platform featuring ripoff titles (I'd say stay clear)
Luckily, you can switch all of them off from the bottom of the page.
The tabs in UC Browser are easily accessible from the bottom screen bar. What's novel here is that the Incognito Mode is not associated with specific tabs. You can switch Incognito on or off and it will always be relative to all of the links you follow. Hence you can let others browse on your phone directly from your open tabs, which is quite nice. Just turn Incognito on before you give them your phone, they might not know how...
The menu button brings up a panel which contains several items, including the ad blocker, night mode and themes. Yes, you can switch themes on the fly from UC Browser's dedicated 'market' (they're all free). There are many themes with great photos that I would actually love to have on my springboard.
The integrated Add blocker has two aggressiveness levels and also features flagging. This feature also helps with data savings. I should also note that you can reduce the quality of images from the settings menu.
UC Browser developers also pride themselves for creating a very fast downloader. Whenever, you download a file, you will see a pre-load bar that goes left much quicker than the dark bar. I suspect this to be only a visual gimmick, as I've tested this claim by comparing with a couple of other browsers (I won't name them) and I've gotten very similar results.
- Novel Incognito Mode implementation
- Ad Blocker
- Background color schemes that can cheer up your
- Account registration
I can't be completely happy with UC Browser when the default set up throws worthless chaff at you. However, by disabling it, UC becomes quite the neat browser. The incognito mode is the most comfortable I've used so far and the included ad blocker is a very welcome addition. I also like the styling options. Overall, I think UC Browser is quite good.