UC Browser keeps the updates coming; now supports background downloads

UC Browser, the flagship product of UCWeb, claims to have over 400 million users in more than 150 countries around the world. The popular Windows Phone alternative to the default Internet Explorer has just been updated to version 3.2 with key enhancements like background downloads, enhanced download management, and UDisk branded cloud storage service.

If you download a lot of files off the web on the move, Background Download is a neat feature. It allows you to continue downloading files even after you exit UC Browser. Also, the download process will automatically resume if the download is interrupted for some reason, all in the background. There’s a caveat though, the company notes that because of Microsoft’s restrictions, Background Download may not function properly under a 2G network.

Also, the new download management system allows you to categorize downloaded files and quickly access to them. The latest update introduces UDisk, a cloud storage service that allows you to store files on the cloud. After signing up for a UC account, you get 6GB of space to store downloads on UDisk directly, with 2GB permanent and 4GB temporary storage.

Although not a native browser, UC Browser is the No.1 browser alternative on Windows Store. While I prefer the default IE experience, many Windows Phone users prefer the differentiating features of UC Browser. Using cloud acceleration and data compression technology, it claims to load web content much faster. You can download the latest version from the Windows Phone Store (for both Windows Phone 7.x and Windows Phone 8).

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Abhishek Baxi