After gaining enough popularity and becoming one of the most-used mobile web-browsers in Asia, UC Browser has entered the cloud-storage business.
As part of its plans, the Alibaba-owned company has announced that its in-app cloud storage service, called UC Drive, will offer free storage of 20GB to each of its users in India, which is one of its largest markets.
UC Browser launched a new version! You can save your favourite videos to #UCDrive and watch online!
— UC Browser (@UCBrowser) January 14, 2020
While announcing the launch of the new service in a press statement, the Vice President of UCWeb Global Business, Huaiyuan Yang, said that the service is expected to offer users a seamless experience using the least amount of data while watching videos.
According to him: “In a mobile-first market like India, almost all digital activities are shifting to mobile devices — from watching movies and clicking pictures to sharing files. In a scenario like this, users are left scrambling for cloud storage and syncing options”.
“With UC Drive, our users can enjoy an unfettered browsing experience using the least amount of mobile data, ensuring that users never run out of storage again. UC Drive is a step forward in our commitment to provide better mobile internet services to our billion+ users and grow with the digital market here”, he added.
This is the company’s first launch in the global market. According to the Chinese firm, India is one of its largest markets and makes up for about 50 per cent of its global downloads. UC Browser recently reported over 1.1 billion downloads globally.
The new is going to compete with Amazon Drive and Google Drive that offers free 5 GB and 15 GB online storage respectively. The company has also announced a chance to win Amazon.in, OYO and GrabOn coupons worth up to Rs 50 million (US$ 705 Thousand) for UC Browser users who will try out the Drive between January 13 to 19.