Finally, we have the first Indian internet browser and by Indian, we did not mean the Indian flag that it has on it’s logo. Launched by a Bangalore based company Hidden Reflex, Epic is all set to make Indians proud.
Epic, based on Mozilla platform, comes bundled with a bunch of India centric features and is available for a free download here. After testing it for continuous 4 hours on 8 tabs together and without any crash, We are impressed.
The Looks and Features:
It is light, spacious and neat. By default, comes with a peacock background which may not be too soothing to eyes but you can always choose the background according to your whim from a range of 1500 creative themes related to India at the launch itself. Then, comes the flashy sidebar which is a host of each and every necessary application to which a sincere netizen is addicted to. They include social networking sites like Facebook, Orkut, Twitter, a Gmail file back up, Yahoo India homepage, maps, travel planner, news concerning India(customizable states!) and everything else! Also, there is an option to choose between the applications to keep on your sidebar. But, you can use one widget at a time; the sidebar allows you to browse any one of the above listed widgets at one time per window which increases accessibility on a widescreen resolution to a high extent. The tabs are neatly designed, clean and smooth transition effects between menus and tabs win attention. The buttons on the sides of the address bar are colourful(Indian, after all!) and slick. We took some beautiful screenshots during the test, which must be shared.
Open Epic, visit any site which offers text box to write to discover the wide range of Indian languages, currently 12, it offers to write in there. This is applicable to chat boxes of Facebook and Gmail too. The engine of the browser is decently fast and there are no compatibility issues. And the most interesting part, Epic is the first browser to come up with an anti-virus(25mb download) built in as a widget.
What can be done better:
The browser fails to render page borders of the sites opened in every tab making them look a little bit tacky. We hope they correct it soon in upcoming update patches.
An initiative, first of it’s kind in India, that must be appreciated. We look forward to have slick improvements in the update patches.
|Featured Comment: |
Shad Khan said...
What epic does is, it combines the very best features of all the popular browsers, be it Firefox, Opera or Chrome (omnibox taken from Google Chrome, side widgets like Opera, Firefox's speed and stability). For all those who question the innovativeness, does anyone notice the small internet side widgets? Facebook, Gmail and all?. The interface of all those small widgets is same as what you see on an iPhone. When you open a website it assumes you're surfing on an iPhone and compresses the website accordingly which is helpful in two ways:-
1) Saves data (assuming you're accessing internet on your laptop using a mobile)
2) It's faster than accessing the full version of the same website.
Seeing that Epic was launched just 10 days before with more than 2 lakh downloads and a positive response from the internet community it could be the next big thing in the internet browser market.