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Yandex Browser

Developer(s) Yandex
Initial release October 1, 2012 (2012-10-01)
Stable release 14.5.1847.18274 (188aa1e)
Development status Active
Written in C++, JavaScript
Operating system
Engine Blink
Type Web browser
License Freeware[2]
Website .com.yandexbrowser

Yandex Browser (stylized as Yandex.Browser) (Russian: Яндекс.Браузер) is a freeware web browser[2] developed by the Russian web search corporation Yandex that uses the Blink layout engine and is based on the Chromium open source project.[3] The browser checks webpage security with the Yandex security system and checks downloaded files with Kaspersky anti-virus.[3][4] The browser also uses Opera Software's Turbo technology to speed web browsing on slow connections.[5]

The browser is available for Windows, OS X, Android and iOS. In October 2014 a Linux beta version was introduced.[6]

Yandex is facing web search competition in Russia from Google Search.[7] Google Chrome, Russia's most popular web browser, uses Google Search as its default search engine, and in June 2012 Mozilla Firefox, the world's third most popular web browser, signed a deal to replace Yandex Search as its default search engine with Google Search.[7] As Yandex browser's "Smartbox" uses Yandex Search as its default search engine, the browser will help Yandex compete for Russian search market share.[8]


  • Distinguishing features 1
  • Market share 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features of the Yandex.Browser include the following:

  • Different "new tab" screen with a Windows 8-style interface and specialised widgets for popular services (e.g. the gmail widget shows number of unread messages).
  • Integrated keyboard layout switcher in omnibox: e.g. if user frequently visits and starts typing "пьф" ("gma" with Russian keyboard layout) and presses Enter, the user will than be taken to and not to the search page for "пьф" (as is the case in Chrome, for example).
  • Integrated translation: selecting any text shows a popup button which, when pressed, shows a translation of the text to Russian using Lingvo.
  • With version 1.1 Opera Turbo has been integrated to speed up the loading of web pages over slow internet connections and reduce data usage.[9]

Market share

According to analytics, Yandex.Browser reached 2.3% market share in Russia two months after its release.[10] As of July 2013 Yandex.Browser reached 5% for ru@ru slice at[11]


  1. ^ "the simple image sharer". imgur. 2012-10-01. Retrieved 2013-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Yandex" Browser Software License Agreement, Yandex, retrieved 2012-10-02 
  3. ^ a b Lunden, Ingrid (1 October 2012). "Yandex Gives Google A One-Two Punch In Russia: A New Browser And App Store For The Local Search Giant". TechCrunch. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Reliable protection from viruses, Yandex, retrieved 2012-10-02 
  5. ^ Yandex launches its own browser targeting Russian market, Engadget, retrieved 2012-10-02 
  6. ^ Joey-Elijah Sneddon. "Russia's 'Yandex Browser' Launches First Linux Beta, Is No Chrome Clone - OMG! Ubuntu!". OMG! Ubuntu!. 
  7. ^ a b New Yandex browser escalates Russia's search-engine wars, Net Prophet, retrieved 2012-10-16 
  8. ^ Yandex Starts Own Internet Browser to Challenge Google, Bloomberg Businessweek, retrieved 2012-10-02 
  9. ^ "Yandex.Browser 1.1 Press Release". Yandex.Company. 
  10. ^ " analytics". 
  11. ^ [ analytics for ru@ru slice analytics, ru@ru slice]

External links

  • Official website
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