iFeng Tech, 11/04/11
At a press conference in Beijing today, Chinese mobile browser developer UC Mobile announced that it was filing suit against rival Tencent (0700.HK) for unfair competition. At the press conference, UC Mobile displayed a partnership agreement in which Tencent required that mobile handset manufacturers not promote products made by rival companies including UC Mobile, mobile security software maker Qihoo 360 (NYSE: QIHU), and internet company Sina (Nasdaq: SINA), whose Weibo microblogging platform competes with Tencent Microblog.
UC Mobile CEO Yu Yongfu said that the UCWeb mobile browser had been "blacklisted" ever since Tencent released its own QQ-branded browser in 2009, and had "run up against unfair competition again and again." On several occasions, UC Mobile contacted senior Tencent management, including CEO Pony Ma, regarding the issue, to no avail.
On October 24, UC Mobile published an open letter to partners and users in which it claimed that Tencent had unfairly and maliciously fabricated reports that its QQ mobile browser led in market share.
Editor's Note: For more background on this topic, please see "UC Mobile Accuses Tencent of Unfair Competition" MD 10/28/11 issue.