Sounds like marketing bullshit for me. I've downloaded the "alpha" version and I just got the default Yandex browser requesting to be my default browser, to access my passwords..? And also imported all my Safari settings without asking.
My advice? Stay away.
It also imports all Chrome settings, history and plugins. After denying all the popups requesting for access to something on my mac.
Oh sh*t. It stole all my credentials from Chrome including session cookies and I wonder how legal this is.
I was about to write some positive comments about it but I ended up immediate removal.
I like the idea, but the thing is, in its current form its not even as minimalist as safari. The toolbar on safari is also transparent.
When i have one tab open in safari, i have just one 40px toolbar taking up space. The yandex browser shows the tab bar even with one tab open. Not a big deal, but if you’re trying to be as minimal as possible thats something you should think about. The tab bar is also on the bottom, which i find really annoying. You want to be chromeless, yet your app has chrome on one more border than 50% of the apps on OS X?
The supposedly clean top bar has a horrible looking icon for bug reporting and barely readable text: Edit: link to screenshot because it shows up tiny on DN
The website is also a disaster, trying to scroll it with a trackpad is like playing a video game, in that the goal is fairly hard to reach and you have to try a few times.
Even though it pretends to be chromeless, it seems to be based on chromium :-)
It's not a final product, so I hope they may come with a better idea of organizing tabs. The API for controlling browser window's title bar seems interesting — Yandex Maps alpha looks really good.
Side-by-side with Chrome, it has no less UI, in fact it has more due to padding around the top elements. The only differences are minor visual differences, and there's no forward button (though one does appear when there's a page go to back to):
Opening a new tab has a ~1 second second delay during which I found the whole browser lags. Loading pages also doesn't feel as fast as Chrome.
I've also noticed it sneaks in a bunch of plugins too, notably an ad blocker ("Adguard", which I've never heard of) which is enabled by default. Some people feel very strongly about ad blocking extensions so enabling one by default may be a controversial move.
In short, not as good as Chrome and no more minimalistic than it too. Safari, which only has one row of UI if you have one tab open, is undeniably more minimalist.
Main screen with full screen animation looks pretty cool.
But beside that it's laggy, asks a lot of permissions on the start, it feels insecure.
installed it, tried it, uninstalled it. the ux is just horrible, took me a few moments to figure out that the tabs were on the bottom. the transparent bar makes the layout of several websites awkward and so on. I know it's just alpha but they have a long road to perfection.
But always nice to see some new things on the market.
I like it, too bad it's closed source.
- Note that Yandex works with Russian government and they collect and use information without any permission of the users.
- Minimalist Yandex Browsers doesn't even ask for permission for importing settings, passwords and history from default browser.
- It's not really minimalistic, Safari is more than that.
Though the browser might have terrible UX, and be filled with security/privacy nightmares, it's still great to see a new browser with a radically different design direction from the conventional. Maybe one or two of those ideas could be incorporated to a different browser.
This is sh*t