Yahoo has introduced a new search-focused iOS browser app and browser plugin for PCs, named Axis. Yahoo Axis is the new mobile web browser for searching and browsing the web on an iPhone or iPad. Yahoo Axis is also available as a browser plugin for desktop users. The Yahoo Axis browser offers search with interactive elements such as visual snapshots and also enables previewing the website before opening it.
The new Axis is focused more on search and promises a rich and interactive mobile web browsing experience. Ethan Batraski, product head for search innovation at Yahoo noted that the design goal for Axis is to eliminate the middle step in the usual tedious web search process. Axis, according to Yahoo, will enable users to go directly from query to page, skipping the step of surfing a sea of links.
Axis is very different from usual search because it doesn’t offer any search pages. With multi-tasking support, Yahoo Axis seems to impress iPad owners more than iPhone 4S users. Apart from an intuitive user interface, Axis app allows the user to access recently visited websites, saved articles and bookmarks automatically across all devices.
Most importantly, users can customise the home page of Yahoo Axis the way they want. While Axis app for iOS devices continues to catch eyeballs, the Axis Chrome browser plugin suffers from a security loophole. New Web Order reported that the Yahoo Axis Chrome extension is capable of exposing the private certificate file used to sign the extension. With this private certificate and a malicious extension, hackers can basically steal all your passwords, web browsing data etc.
There is no word on whether Yahoo plans to introduce the browser application for other mobile web platforms such as Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. iPhone and iPad owners can download Yahoo Axis app from Apple App Store.