The CEO and founder of Yandex, Arkady Volozh, announced the release of the first version of the Yandex Internet browser and introduced its logo. Both the browser and the logo have a minimalistic design.
Yandex.Browser is based on WebKit, which runs Chrome and Safari, and Chromium code. It will also use Opera Turbo traffic compression technology - for users who have slow internet.
The main advantage of a web browser is its deep integration with Yandex services, Arkady Volozh said at a press conference. He promised a built-in Yandex translator, direct access to the Yandex.Disk cloud service, as well as quick viewing of PDF, Flash Player, integration with Kaspersky antivirus. You can choose a search engine - the menu contains not only Yandex, but also Google, Mail.ru and Bing.
The program is available for download at browser.yandex.ru from 17.00 Moscow time on Monday. While the browser will work only under Windows and Mac Os. “We did not let you download the browser now so that you don’t put a Wi-Fi network,” said Arkady Volozh, speaking at a press conference. Versions will be released every few weeks, he promised.
Last week, Mail.ru announced the creation of its own Amigo browser based on the same Chromium. Based on Chromium, Google’s Chrome browser also works.
In addition, on Monday it became known that Yandex launches an application store for devices on the Android operating system - Yandex.Store. Thus, the largest Russian search engine wants to compete with Google on all fronts - from search engines to applications.