Yandex is facing web search competition in Russia from Google Search.Google Chrome, Russia's most popular web browser, uses Google Search as its default search engine, and in June 2012 Mozilla Firefox, the world's third most popular web browser, signed a deal to replace Yandex Search as its default search engine with Google Search. As Yandex browser's "Smartbox" uses Yandex Search as its default search engine, the browser will help Yandex compete for Russian search market share.
Distinguishing features of the Yandex.Browser include the following:
Different "new tab" screen with a Windows 8-style interface and specialised widgets for popular services (e.g. the gmail widget shows number of unread messages).
Integrated keyboard layout switcher in omnibox: e.g. if user frequently visits gmail.com and starts typing "пьф" ("gma" with Russian keyboard layout) and presses Enter, the user will than be taken to gmail.com and not to the search page for "пьф" (as is the case in Chrome, for example).
Integrated translation: selecting any text shows a popup button which, when pressed, shows a translation of the text to Russian using Lingvo.
With version 1.1 Opera Turbo has been integrated to speed up the loading of web pages over slow internet connections and reduce data usage.
According to Liveinternet.ru analytics, Yandex.Browser reached 2.3% market share in Russia two months after its release. As of July 2013 Yandex.Browser reached 5% for ru@ru slice at Liveinternet.ru and 7.9% as of March 2015.