(The Hosting News) – Amid continued company struggles, Internet search engine provider Yahoo! unveiled its latest offering on Wednesday, a web browser that places an emphasis on syncing with mobile devices.
Called Yahoo! Axis, the software provides instant search suggestions as users type terms in. The solution also has the ability to preload web pages before the user chooses to fully access them.
On the desktop, the platform is available as a plugin compatible with browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
“Yahoo! Axis is a completely new way to search and browse the web. By supercharging the browser with a visually rich search experience and seamlessly connecting that experience across all of your devices, we are delivering an experience that will change the game,” stated the company via its Search Blog.
While the release is available for Apple iOS devices, it leaves out a key mobile platform available from top rival Google: The Android OS.
Yahoo emphasized that a shift towards the use of mobile technology to access the web played a part in the browser’s creation. The press release also indicated that the software release followed a year and a half development process.
Despite the introduction of Axis, its rollout might not be going completely smooth. According to a post by tech blogger Nik Cubrilovic, the plugin version designed for Chrome contained a significant security flaw, allowing unauthorized users to view a browser operator’s credentials.
In recent years, Yahoo! has struggled to keep pace with the evolving market as top competitor Google continues to rise in popularity. Former CEO Scott Thompson announced his resignation from the company earlier this month following questions regarding inaccurate content contained on his resume. However, Thompson has maintained that a recent diagnosis of thyroid cancer had to do more with his departure.
Yahoo! still remains a formidable presence on the web. Company services such as Yahoo! Mail, Search, and News remain popular despite ranking behind similar offerings from Google.