Yahoo has been recently in news for wrong reasons, but now they have done a pretty smart move. Yahoo has released a new search browser, called Axis for iPad and iPhone. Axis is already available as an iPad and iPhone app. Instead of releasing a full fledged web browser and compete with the market leaders, Yahoo is offering Axis plugins for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome. Once installed, the plugin appears as a search box at the bottom of the browser, expanding when a user enters a query.
Once installed, the extension appears as a search box at the bottom of the browser. You can search for any term and the results are shown in the form of small thumbnails, you can scroll the results to see more. Clicking on any result will open the site.
You can also add to favorites, sync the bookmarks with another device using your ID and also add it to read it later list.
Axis for iPad/iPhone:
For iPad and iPhone axis is available as a full fledged web browser with almost all features of a normal browser including bookmarks sync, tabbed browsing etc.
Axis includes rich, visual snapshots of each result so you can preview the site before you visit it. Axis browser works with your favorite desktop browser (via a plug-in) to automatically connect your online experiences across all your devices. Your bookmarks and recently visited pages are always available wherever you need them.
You can set a bookmark on your iPad and it will automatically appear on your iPhone and desktop, or seamlessly jump from one device to another and pick up from wherever site you left off.
Axis centralizes your online life with a customizable Home Page that provides direct access to your favorite sites and content across all your devices. The search results seems to powered by Yahoo search, but we are not sure on this. Axis does impress us with its features and sync. Axis also bypasses the ads that appear on search results pages which makes it clutter free. On iPhone where there is restriction on screen space, Axis seems to be a bit congested with too many features.
The desktop version isn’t perfect either, but does the job pretty decently. You can easily scroll the search results without actually leaving the current page and moreover the results are available in thumbnails, so you can decide before actually opening the page.