Epic Browser: The Indian Experience

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As Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, Opera and Apple fight the browser wars, a new browser from India is about to take on the bigwigs. A Bangalore based company called Hidden Reflex, has come up with a ‘desi browser’ called Epic Browser.

This browser is based on the popular Mozilla browser – Firefox. Hidden Reflex founded by Alok Bhardwaj in 2007, influenced by the open source and the latest trends in Web 2.0 innovations, has been working on two products – Epic Browser and another called NewsDrink.

Their mission statement reads:

Our mission with the Epic browser is to create the most secure, most productive and most “Indian” browsing experience of any web browser!

I have not been able to find any information about the other product on their website, but I suspect that it must be related to social media + news + India maybe?

The Installation:

Epic Browser installation is fairly simple and similar to Mozilla Firefox installation.

The Desi Experience:

Once installed, you can see the Welcome message as in the above screenshot. After this, I found an interesting thing. I had installed a Firefox add-on called Personas which allow you to change the skin of the browser without too much hassle. I found the same add-on in Epic browser at the very instant after installation!

In addition, I found that most of the plug-ins I had installed for my Firefox browser had been installed automatically for the Epic browser as well! I can only assume that since it is based on Firefox browser, both the Persona add-on and Plug-ins got mapped ‘mysteriously’ into the Epic browser! I say mysteriously because none of the other add-ons got mapped on to the Epic browser!

I also found that most of the options and tools are very much the same as Firefox. The only thing I could see different from Firefox was the Content Sidebar which comes enabled by default. It has a huge number of ‘Epic apps’ in-built into it. One such app is the writer app which is pretty cool. You can type in English or any of the Indian languages that are currently supported. You can save the file as either an HTML file or as a TEXT file. You can also open documents from your local hard disk and edit those documents. It has an on the fly translator which I believe to be impressive (although it gives literal translations).

I do believe that this browser is tailor-made for Indian users. It contains a host of social networking apps like Facebook, Orkut, Twitter; utilities like Calculators; Tools like IRC Client and some Religious apps (?!) which link to Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. It also has Gmail and Yahoo!, in addition to login and view your emails. You can also browse your local hard disk and its contents from the My Computer sidebar app.

Another cool app I found was the Epic Video app. It lets you search YouTube videos within the sidebar and plays them while you browse the web. Mind you, the real estate of your browser gets compromised because of this but I think music lovers will love this option as they can view, listen and change songs without leaving the web page they are viewing.

In addition, this also includes everything from news headlines to regional news to live TV to live cricket commentary.

You can manage your apps by clicking on ‘Addon’ app. This will pull up various apps provided by the Epic browser itself. You can simply choose to add them to your sidebar and, if you wish to remove some of the apps, click on the ‘Hide/Show’ button.

If you are looking for a personalized desi browser, Epic browser is for you. You can try downloading it here and give it a test run. I am sure you will like it. If you have tried it before, let me know what you think about it.

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Harshit said...

Hi Karthi, the browser looks all fine from the top. But do u realize that it goes on to show mobile sites half of the time?

September 1, 2010 at 11:21 AM
hkarthi said...

Hi Harshit,

I did check a couple of websites while writing this review and it loads properly. I mean it loads the normal website instead of mobile sites. Can you tell me for which websites does it load mobile sites?

September 15, 2010 at 1:39 PM

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