Yandex is a New Browser Built on Chromium

So guys, you all know that Chromium is the open source project powering Chrome right? You also know that there are many browsers based on Chromium, for example  RockMelt.

We have a new member in this family. Please welcome Yandex

Since it has Chromium base, the Yandex web browser can do just about everything that Google’s Chrome can do —except a few things. There is HTML5 support, tabbed browsing with a separate process for each tab, built-in Adobe Flash, single input box for URLs and searches, Google Translate, WebGL, and a grid of most recently used sites. However, there is no Google Web Store.

Yandex also adds threat scanning technology from Kaspersky and Opera’s Turbo for quickly loading content on slow connections.

Even though Yandex is based on Chromium, the looks of this new browser reminds me of Firefox, and not Google Chrome. I think that plus icon instead of the Chrome new tab icon is what makes me think that way.

They are calling Omnibox as Smartbox. Here is from their Press Release.

The users of Yandex’s browser can see locally relevant information, such as current traffic or weather conditions, in real time, right in the browser interface. Equipped with proprietary machine-learned automated translation technology, the browser considerably expands the browsing territory for those who speak only one language. The company’s cloud-based safe browsing technology, together with Kaspersky Lab’s security solution, enhances the browser’s safety by warning the users about potentially malicious websites.

The Yandex browser uses the WebKit engine, popular with a large number of web developers. The browser’s user interface is based on the open-source Chromium code. The Yandex browser platform has through a technological partnership with a key long term partner been expanded to incorporate Opera Software’s Turbo technology, which allows to boost the browser’s page loading capacity even with a slow connection. The Turbo mode will be included in the next browser release. In addition to the basic open-source components, the browser has also been augmented with out-of-the-box plug-ins, including the latest versions of Adobe FlashTM and a PDF reader.

Who is interested in trying out this new brwoser?

In Category: Google Chrome


Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Greg 04/10/2012, 2:38 am

    I don’t use the Chrome web store like I should, but wow, that should be included! And it’s Russian so I have to keep translating everything related to this, no thanks