That being said, it's nice to see Yahoo do something well.
The HN crowd seems to be pretty tired of Yahoo. I know I am. I'm disappointed that they never made a good Flickr mobile app, and sad about what Yahoo did with del.icio.us. A few years ago, those were two of my favorite web services. No longer.
Other issues: the quality of Yahoo Answers is a running joke. Yahoo Groups sorely needs to be remodeled, but their 2010 attempt was a miserable failure. Some people are still sore about what happened to GeoCities.
Issues like these set expectations among a certain audience. I admit I don't expect Yahoo to hit a home run these days.
Yet there are people (non-techy folks) in my family who have used Yahoo for over ten years for their mail, news, and search. When they've had problems, I've tried to talk them into switching to something better, but they like Yahoo. So there you go.
To each their own. But after my recent poor experiences with Yahoo, I don't feel guilty that my expectations are set low. I'm not rooting for them to fail, but I can't help feeling fairly cynical about them.
That said, Axis is an interesting strategy for them. I don't know how it will work out but its clear they they are not going to go willingly into receivership. So in that regard I cheer them on, some of the best inventions come out of desperation and it is soooooo much easier to ship something untried in a desperate company than it is in a market leading company.
One thing that's annoying -- when you're scrolled down a page and you're reaching for the page titlebar handle it's a little too small. I keep swiping the the iPhone status bar down instead.
Edit: Looks like the desktop version of the "browser" is actually an add-on. For Safari, it's only 24KB (awesome!). If only it did a little prefetching to make the next & previous search results a little faster.
The image search on the desktop is insanely fast. It preloads so well. Kudos to Yahoo.
In my experience, the onboarding experience sucked and it crashed every time I used it until I installed it.
"Very cool!! Tons of features. Very fluid. Definitely a step in the right direction by Yahoo!"
Sounds like someone from PR wrote that.
And 500 is a tiny fraction of the total number of people at Yahoo.
All that put together would add up to a lot of votes, wouldn't it?
Ever considered others might have had a different experience? I took it for a spin (iPad2) and it seems pretty nice actually - and yes, it did not crash. I don't see it as a replacement for Safari, but it looks perfect for leisure browsing.
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Simulated Gambling
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content or Nudity
(Not that I agree with any of that -- that's just why).
If it gains traction and people like the features it brings, whats to stop all the current major players in the Browser space from just copying it? This isn't exactly a social media site where no matter how much money is thrown into Facebook it comes out on top because of sheer number of users. This is completely dependent on attaching itself to a browser. I have to believe that they would eventually implement it into their browsers if it started making money or became very popular for Yahoo.
And the second thing, what happens when Apple decides that this thing is competing directly with Mobile Safari and kills it from its store (and surprise, the other two major players in the Browser space, Google and Microsoft, also own the app store Axis is trying to deploy to).
So the best outcome for this thing is to be just a moderate success, where the big 3 in browsers don't really have incentive/time/effort to implement directly into the browser.
And there are plenty of replacements for the core apps: mail, contacts, calendar etc.
Who cares what the rendering tech is? Only Web designers and anal retentive people; everybody else just wants a browser experience, and doesn't give a shit. Honestly.
If only WebKit apps are permitted that means they're paying attention to securing just WebKit, which is good from my perspective even as a developer that supports open-source. I'm betting that in the future Android will be the Windows of yesteryear, where the first thing you do is install a virus scanner. Apple is selling me on closed platforms so far.
What I'm taking away from this paragraph is that you're a developer who supports open source software, but not a developer who supports Free Software. Am I right?
If they can get the stability and performance up to snuff, I'd give it another shot.
one thought, this would be awesome as an RSS feed reader.
I still prefer Atomic Browser, mainly for the full screen capability. That is not so important on the iPad, but it makes for a nicer experience on the iPhone.