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You probably recognize the name Yandex by now. It's the Russian outfit that's been deploying alternatives to Google services in recent years, and has actually been doing a reasonably good job at it. After recently making the home screen replacement Yandex.Shell available to everyone, the company has set its sights on mobile browsers with Yandex.Browser.

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This browser has all the basic features you'd expect in any modern app, but it does a few interesting things. There is a customizable visual shortcut manager called Tablo that lists your most visited sites. Also on-board in the first release is data compression to reduce bandwidth consumption. The biggest departure from the status quo might be the bottom-mounted address bar. It's a much more convenient location if you have a large device.

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Yandex.Browser is available for free in Google Play. It's worth a look if you're searching for a new browser.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • AtomicGadget

    No thanks.

    Permissions
    THIS APPLICATION HAS ACCESS TO THE FOLLOWING:
    YOUR LOCATION
    PRECISE LOCATION (GPS AND NETWORK-BASED)
    Allows the app to get your precise location using the Global Positioning System (GPS) or network location sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi. These location services must be turned on and available to your device for the app to use them. Apps may use this to determine where you are, and may consume additional battery power.
    APPROXIMATE LOCATION (NETWORK-BASED)
    Allows the app to get your approximate location. This location is derived by location services using network location sources such as cell towers and Wi-Fi. These location services must be turned on and available to your device for the app to use them. Apps may use this to determine approximately where you are.
    NETWORK COMMUNICATION
    CONNECT AND DISCONNECT FROM WI-FI
    Allows the app to connect to and disconnect from Wi-Fi access points and to make changes to device configuration for Wi-Fi networks.
    FULL NETWORK ACCESS
    Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    PHONE CALLS
    READ PHONE STATUS AND IDENTITY
    Allows the app to access the phone features of the device. This permission allows the app to determine the phone number and device IDs, whether a call is active, and the remote number connected by a call.
    STORAGE
    MODIFY OR DELETE THE CONTENTS OF YOUR USB STORAGE
    Allows the app to write to the USB storage.
    MICROPHONE
    RECORD AUDIO
    record audio
    Hide
    YOUR ACCOUNTS
    FIND ACCOUNTS ON THE DEVICE
    Allows the app to get the list of accounts known by the device. This may include any accounts created by applications you have installed.
    NETWORK COMMUNICATION
    VIEW NETWORK CONNECTIONS
    Allows the app to view information about network connections such as which networks exist and are connected.
    VIEW WI-FI CONNECTIONS
    Allows the app to view information about Wi-Fi networking, such as whether Wi-Fi is enabled and name of connected Wi-Fi devices.
    SYSTEM TOOLS
    MODIFY SYSTEM SETTINGS
    Allows the app to modify the system's settings data. Malicious apps may corrupt your system's configuration.
    TEST ACCESS TO PROTECTED STORAGE
    Allows the app to test a permission for USB storage that will be available on future devices.
    AFFECTS BATTERY
    CONTROL VIBRATION
    Allows the app to control the vibrator.
    PREVENT DEVICE FROM SLEEPING
    Allows the app to prevent the device from going to sleep.

    • Andrei

      What's the problem?

      • AtomicGadget

        The number of permissions is to damn high. Not saying that you are recording audio of the users to sell our sweet sweet voices to Putin, so he can send bears with lasers after us, but i can't take any chances. My door isn't bear proof.

        • Andrei

          Lol, paranoid much? I can find totally legit uses for all those permissions, and, besides, look at other browsers and you'll see similar stuff. You know, just because an app requests some permissions most apps don't doesn't mean it can't put them to good, safe use. It's not like you're downloading a wallpaper app that requests acces to paid services :P

          • AtomicGadget

            Paranoid? No. Now stop wiretapping my phone! I can hear you breathe! No, but really, i just reacted on the amount of permissions, but i checked Chrome's permissions now, and it's as long as this one.

            I'm just a little skeptic (not paranoid) by nature, and that's healthy (unless you get paranoid) :-P

          • ScottColbert

            Snowden, is that you?

          • Matthew Fry

            What about connect/disconnect wifi? Why does it need the ability to do that? And testing protected storage?

        • flosserelli

          If you are worried about someone knowing about all those sketchy web sites you browse, Google and your phone carrier already know where you go.

    • http://mrprayer.net/ Anatoly Nechaev

      I wish someone reputable would make a LBE Security Master alternative.
      I't so nice to be in control of permissons usage in real-time.

    • Android wins!

      Be aware of KGB... :D

  • Nabil L

    FINALLY a browser with the navbar on the bottom. It really makes the difference on those big screens.

    • http://ashrahman.tumblr.com/ Ash Rahman

      I think Internet Explorer on Windows 8/Windows Phone 8 has a navbar at the bottom too.

    • rap

      Hadn't thought about it but it really does make sense.

    • AtomicGadget

      You can move the navbar to the bottom with Opera (the new one), or Opera Beta.

      • le_lutin

        You can have the nav bar at the bottom in Opera but not the address bar (which is still on top). This has the address bar at the bottom. I just tried it and it's much more intuitive not having to stretch your thumb to the top of the screen when typing a url, or quickly looking up something on google (just type and search term in the url field and press enter).

        I have to say I like this browser. It's not as smooth as stock on my note 2, but the navigation is nice and intuitive.

        This also has a "turbo" feature, just like opera where data is compressed via a 3rd party server - not sure I want my data to go through a russian server though! In any case, you can disable the turbo feature.

  • Vitaly Streltsov

    From Russia with... yandex.

  • Jack

    Flash support?

    • http://avantgardian.org/ AndrewAvantgardian

      Does anybody still miss flash on smartphones?

      • MeCampbell30

        Occasionally. HTML5 can't be implemented fast enough.

      • le_lutin

        I would if I didn't have it. Thankfully the stock browser on samsung phones has flash enabled.

  • Eli DeOliveira

    I just tried it.. It's nice and all but scrolling is very jittery. I really loved "Next browser" but despite being crazy fast (if not the fastest), it's not very battery and data efficient as it reloads ALL tabs in the background when you open it (I tested it). Chrome is getting better but it uses 100% of cpu JUST for scrolling. No wonder my one One XL gets hot and battery drains like crazy when I use it. Opera takes forever to load.

    Finally, All I'm left with is stock browser and dolphin. I am using Dolphin with jetpack and I'm having zero issues. It offer crazy smooth scrolling no matter what website I throw at it. It uses my battery efficiently... And has an updated webkit engine. I just wish it looked more modern.

    • mustbepbs

      Yeah. Dolphin really needs some holo love.

  • MeCampbell30

    Bottom nav bar, because that's where you type stuff. Google take notes.

  • le_lutin

    Having used it for a bit. I am liking it more and more. Seems very fast to load pages. It also has that neat "swipe from the edge of a webpage to switch tabs" feature which is really nice.

    Also, if you swipe up from the url bar at the bottom, you get a nice view of your speed dial (bookmarks).

    This browser seems to have borrowed a few good ideas from other browsers and packaged them very nicely. I think I might stick with it for a while

    Only downside is that the scrolling definitely isn't as smooth as the stock browser on my note 2 (mind you, chrome isn't smooth either)

  • Android wins!

    It's a modded version of Next browser. Many apps by yandex are just modded versions of Go Dev Team apps. Anyway, the navbar at the bottom is a brilliant idea. Thank you Yandex for that one!

    • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael Luik

      lol. It's not "modded" in any way! Yandex.Browser is legitimately based on Chromium while Go Next Browser uses Android WebView.

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        They may use a different web engine but the design is pretty much the same. The same with Yandex launcher (or yandex home) and some other Yandex apps.