Yesterday night, Yahoo announced that it is now getting into the “browser” business as well!!!! Do we really need another browser? Don’t we have enough already? So why will I give up my favorite chrome to switch over to Yahoo Axis? Well, for one thing, Axis replaces the standard search results page with a horizontal, scrollable list of thumbnails. It also comes with 3 versions – Desktop, iPhone & iPad with considerably cool interface and design.
So, let me take you through my experience, I downloaded the desktop version using my chrome and it was lightening fast, didn’t even take a second to refresh my home page and took me to the newly designed welcome page shown below:
I particularly liked the way it allowed me to quickly understand where everything is located and how to easily access what I needed. First thing I wanted to check out was the personalized home page at the bottom which was a pleasant surprise as one can see how cool the small widgets look on your home page as shown below. It lists out my favorites and also allows me to sign-in and customize my home page and of course the most important and awesome feature of all is how once I sign in with my yahoo id, i can continue my browsing where i left off last!!!!!
Continue from Device option listed out my iPhone and Tablet since I was already on my desktop version of axis. Small details are neatly designed like the Sign In option that you see above, on the home page it is just a link, and you can see that there is a search, favorites and home page widget right at the bottom of the page.
Now, if I hover my mouse on the search box, it expands in such a way that the Login button on the bar aligns perfectly with the Sign In option. How trivial but neat!!!
Coming to the more important aspects of this browser, the one feature which really distinguishes this from any other browser is by eliminating the middle step during internet search. When we search on Google, there are 3 steps involved.
- Search for a topic
- Browse through the resulting search results page
- Select a page to view completely.
Yahoo thought the 2nd Step in the process is redundant and can be better optimized to improve the search experience. So that is what they did by eliminating the step and making it simpler. All you need to do is click on the search box at the bottom of the page, it pops up a footer like toolbar which will list the Most Trending Topics and allows you to view the search results at the same time as shown below:
As you can see, the search results for the searches are displayed as small widgets which you can scroll to the right to see each and every one of them. Once you select any, that page will be loaded and to come back to the search results, all you need to do is to click on the search box once more. This is with the desktop version, however in the tablet version, you can swipe down or up from where your search bar is located and you will be able to see back the results. When you enter your personalized search string, it behaves the same and you will be able to search and see the results in the same page without having to load the results page and then having to select the URL of your choice. This definitely saves a lot of time and I am already hooked onto it now. The arrow buttons allows you to easily scroll left or right and view all the search results without actually moving away from the page you are already viewing.
Check out the video demonstration of this awesome browser from CNET below: