Chinese mobile browser brand UCWeb announced last month that it was developing browsers for PC and Smart TV and would launch them in the coming March or April (Update: The PC browser is launched on April 10, 2014.).

No questions for the Smart TV part, but it’s interesting to hear the company who took pride in being able to foresee, with mobile-only browsers, the bloom of mobile Internet many years ago. Isn’t it that now it is prime time for mobile services? Think about WeChat, mobile games and m-commerce. Mobile monetization hasn’t really taken off yet in China market.

But why would UC Web do so? Because mobile browser is irrelevant? UB Web may argue, “We’re doing fine that we have hundreds of millions installs, being the No.1 in market share not only in China but also in India. We’ve been making money through search advertising and other formats of ads, mobile gaming and so on.”

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com