Yandex Provides Its Browser A Minimalist Makeover
Russian tech big Yandex has launched a refreshed model of its Chromium-based mostly browser that’s been designed to make the browser itself really feel much less seen to net customers.
The place it’s seen, such because the URL bar, it makes use of translucency and cloaks itself in flat design to de-emphasize its presence. The thought being, says Yandex, to make the online app getting used the centre of consideration, moderately than the software program you’re utilizing to view it.
The new look browser is at present solely a “idea” — obtainable to obtain in alpha. The much less minimalist, normal Yandex.Browser stays the corporate’s absolutely featured important browserat this level.
Design clever, Yandex’s idea browser borrows closely from Microsoft’s Home windows eight redesign, from two years in the past. Which is ironic, provided that Yandex, an area search big in Russia, launched its personal browser simply over two years in the past — however as a solution to look big Google pushing extra forcefully onto its turf.
Whereas the translucency parts of the Yandex browser idea are harking back to Apple’s iOS 7 design reboot from final yr, which was aiming to lend a sense of depth to cellular searching. Yandex says its design goals are to mirror trendy net consumer expertise by emphasizing interplay and personalization.
Whenever you obtain the browser it mechanically generates a collection of tiles — Yandex calls this a Tableau — based mostly in your mostly visited web sites. These are displayed on an animated backdrop, with little or no different interface furnishings to muddle up the feel and appear of the web page:
The websites and order of the Tableau is absolutely editable after the very fact. Clicking down on and shifting one of many tiles summons an edit interface:
The background animation can be modified at this level, with a selection of 12 animations to select from, displayed in thumbnail type:
Different flagship options within the new browser are a search field that features strategies to reply your question — which Yandex calls SmartBox.
Once more queries are displayed over a translucent background to make the browser really feel like a layer fairly than a vacation spot in itself:
One other function, referred to as FlipSide, enables you to toggle between a search outcomes web page and the browser’s SmartBox strategies web page for that search — comparable to within the under instance, the place the search is for Wikipedia.
Right here the browser shows search outcomes for “Wikipedia” — utilizing Google because the search engine (the native model of the browser makes use of Yandex’s personal search by default).
However clicking on the FlipSide bar on the prime of the web page takes you to the under web page, which incorporates SmartBox recommendations and in addition now shows some browser features, akin to sharing, bookmarking, printing and so forth.
These features stay out of sight in case you go straight from searching for a search to clicking on a end result:
Within the browser, tabs for opened net pages are displayed on the backside of the window — as colour-codeed swatches, based mostly on the livery of the unique net web page.
A number of pages from the identical web sites that you will have opened in particular person tabs are displayed on tabs shaded with the identical shade and grouped collectively. These are both rolled up solely to occupy the area of one tab (signified by a collection of dots on the tab), or — when one in every of these rolled up tabs is clicked — opened out right into a related collection of tabs of the identical colour, with small bars between every one to indicate particular person pages.
Under a gaggle of TechCrunch tabs has been rolled up:
And now those self same TC tabs are opened out:
Presently tabs can’t be moved or their order modified however that’s one thing Yandex is considering, noting in its FAQ that dragging tabs will probably be carried out in a future launch.
Different options embrace a Turbo mode, based mostly on Opera’s know-how, which can be utilized to velocity up net shopping on sluggish Web connections by compressing webpages earlier than serving them.
The Chromium-based mostly Yandex browser additionally helps different extensions created for the Chrome and Opera browsers.
The alpha model of the browser is at present out there for Mac and Home windows and is obtainable in 15 languages at this level, together with English, Russian and Turkish.
For reference, under is a screenshot of the primary Yandex browser — the corporate’s non-conceptual design, which very a lot resembles the feel and appear of Google Chrome: