UC Browser on Windows Phone now supports background downloads


UC Browser, one of the best third party browsers on Windows Phone has received an update to support background downloads. The default browser – Internet Explorer doesn’t even support downloads, but UC browser shone as the only third party browser on Windows Phone that could, and it downloaded any file type, even MP3s and let you save them inside your Xbox music app. Previously, one needed to wait for the download to get completed before moving on to another app, but that was mainly due to a reasonable restriction on tightly integrated OSes like Windows Phone and iOS. But since WP8 and more recently GDR3, Microsoft has been a bit lenient and had opened up more options for developers to take advantage of. UC Browser does exactly that by allowing background downloads for the first time on Windows Phone.

1. Background Download

Good news for those who are addicted to downloading, you may keep downloading files even after you exit UC Browser. Yes, you read that right. The download process will continue even after you completely close UC Browser. What’s more, the download process will automatically resume if the download is interrupted for some reasons, again, all in the background. Many features of UC Browser are developed based on user’s needs, and the Background Download has been the latest one. Now, with the latest UC Browser, you can lean back and let UC Browser do all the work for you behind the scenes. (Note: According to Microsoft’s restrictions, Background Download may not function properly under a 2G network.)

Lean back and let UC Browser do all the work for you behind the scenes.

2. Enhanced Download Management

The new download management system allows you to categorize downloaded files and get quick access to them. It comes in handy if you have downloaded lots of files, and want a quick way to find what you want.

Download management helps you get quick access to downloaded video.

3. UDisk 

Have limited storage space for downloaded files on your phone, or feel insecure keeping files stored there? Don’t worry, UC Browser 3.2 comes with UDisk, a cloud storage service that allows you to store files on the cloud. After signing up for a UC account, you will get 6GB of space to store downloads on UDisk directly: with 2GB permanent and 4GB temporary storage.

4. Optimized Preloading 

The feature of Preloading gives you a smoother reading of paged websites. It creates a seamless reading experience with the next page being automatically loaded when you reach the end of your current page. With this 3.2 version it now works on even more sites.

Above listed features are the new ones that come with the update, and suffice to say, this is easily the most feature rich browser that you can get on Windows Phone. The update is now live on the store for both Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 devices.

Get UC Browser for Windows Phone here

It works on all Windows Phone devices. Have you been using it for downloads already? Do let us know what you think of this update in the comments section below.

Author: Bharadwaj Chandramouli

Bharadwaj is a content creator who has been obsessed with technology since the early days of smartphones. He loves talking about tech, is a fan of good design and photography. You can follow him on Twitter @gadgetbuff_ to know what he's upto!