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On October 1, 2012 Yandex astonished its users by claiming about the launch of a new Chromium-based web browser and Yandex Store where apps for Android handsets are going to be sold. Reportedly, the new browser supports not only Mac but also Windows.
The peculiar feature of the Yandex browser is that, unlike the Google Chrome browser, it employs WebKit and applies Opera’s Turbo technology. Due to this technology Yandex accelerates page download on slow connections.
Regarding the Yandex Store, the Russian search giant said that as for today developers have already access to the store and noted that for consumers it would be available at the end of October, 2012. According to the company, on the release day there will be 40,000 apps. Yandex also noted that the revenue with developers will be split conventionally, i.e. 70-30.
As a result of Yandex contact with several Russian carriers, the Yandex Store will be pre-installed on Android handsets of the latter. It seems to be an excellent initial distribution strategy.
Yandex explained that the new store is just another structure unit in the company’s mobile ecosystem. Currently, at Yandex disposal there are all the things needed to meet the requirements of any Original Equipment Manufacturer who are going to create their own Android-based tablet or smartphone.
Yandex is a Russian company that operates the largest search engine in Russia. Apart from that, Yandex is very popular in Eastern Europe and Turkey. Yandex went public at the beginning of 2011. The company is an investor of Blekko, US-based alternative search engine.