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10 things you need to know about another browser from Yandex

On Monday October 1, Yandex announced the release of its own browser, designed to fight in the Russian market with the exciting position of Google Chrome. While the ways of its distribution are unknown and the dynamics of its share growth are not clear, we have gathered everything that makes it an interesting product in one place.

1. How the browser was presented

Yandex.Browser was presented at the conference Yet Another Conference (“Another One Conference” – a parody of Yandex in its own name). The company announced that the browser will be available for download on October 1 at exactly 17:00, which created an excellent information wave. It is known that the company warmed the media sphere by merging the information with Vedomosti for two weeks, and Izvestiapublished the browser logo one week before the release.

In the morning on the day of the presentation, Yandex broke out a massive post on Habr , which gathered more than 700 comments. Unhappy Roman “Kukutz” Ivanov barely managed to fight off the trolls, who did not stop expressing their dissatisfaction with the fact that Yandex did not make a revolution. But the development of the browser company began only in January this year.

2. Icons and logo

As representatives of Yandex say, they pretty seriously revised the appearance of the Chromium shell, making the browser as simple and convenient to use. Very seriously reacted to the redrawing of icons – for example, the arrow “Back” was drawn in 50 different versions. Many analyzed the interface of other browsers, deciding not to make a revolution in design, but rather help users to easily form their habits, using the established canons of design.

The buzz of the discussion was caused by the logo of the browser. As representatives of Yandex write, the logos drawn by external designers did not like the company, but they took as a result the option drawn by one of the employees with a pen in a notebook.

3. Inside – Chromium

Yandex took the Webkit engine and the Chromium shell, deciding that in this case, the extensions developed for the browser can be integrated into other browsers. By the speed of the browser is no different from Google Chrome.

Previously, the company had already used the Chromium shell, distributing the Yandex.Internet browser. Nothing really good this initiative was not crowned, the browser did not receive any significant market share.

4. Extensions can be installed from the Google Web Store

Due to the fact that the browser is based on Chromium, it uses the same extensions as in Google Chrome. It’s enough to go into the store application Google Web Store .

5. Opera Turbo speed optimization

In an interview with Vedomosti, Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh told that in our times of unstable mobile Internet it is important that the sites are normally opened and at low speeds. The next version of the browser will have a built-in technology that automatically takes into account the quality of the Internet channel and changes the behavior of the browser. As Voloz says, they created a browser for “real roads”. The technology of traffic compression is licensed in the Norwegian Opera: it draws web pages on the server side and transmits them to the user already in a compressed form.

6. Translation of the selected word

Selecting a foreign word on the page, you can find out its translation from the context menu using the Yandex.Slovary database. Very fast and convenient.

7. Punto Switcher in the address bar

Yandex did not integrate the famous layout switch into the entire browser, but implemented it in the address bar.

8. Search Tips

In the address bar of the browser you can receive the same prompts and even answers to requests, as in the search bar on the Yandex website. The search sorcerer can handle weather, search for places on the map, dates of life and many other questions that have one short answer.

9. Interactive Notices on the Scoreboard

One of the most noticeable elements of the browser was the Scoreboard – eight quick interactive bookmarks. The tabs can display weather, new messages or notifications from social networks. The Scoreboard appears only when you click on the search bar, which is not very logical – in other browsers it opens with a new tab.

Yandex declares that for one and a half hundred popular sites they have drawn pictures of bookmarks on their own.

10. Omnibox with a change of search engines

Omnibox is an address string, combined with a search string. In Yandex went along the path of Internet Explorer, which separates the website address and page name. Instead of the address, a header is displayed, and if it’s really necessary, the address can be viewed by double-clicking.

In addition, in an interview Volozh noticed that Yandex remains almost the only company offering on the page of issue also try to search in other search engines.


Yandex released a browser advertisement, briefly but beautifully explaining how to use it.

On the main page of Yandex, an interesting advertisement was sent down with a link to the browser interface.

It’s funny that before installing “Yandex” offers to close Chrome to import its settings, as if forcing you to immediately abandon it.



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