Yahoo has had a rough couple of months. In April, it laid off 2,000 employees and last week its chief executive resigned, but with the launch of it's new browser platform, Axis, things may be looking up for the search giant. If you missed the news, Axis is a new search-focused iOS app and PC browser plugin that offers live search results with thumbnail web page previews and ubiquitous user data.
At the core of Axis is the iOS app, which is available as a universal download for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The app provides the same array of features offered by Safari—tabbed browsing, bookmarking, video playback, integrated Twitter support, etc.—but with a completely new UI layer that puts as much consideration into the search experience as it does web page viewing. Instead of a long list of links and summaries, Axis presents results as thumbnail previews that are populated as you type. Despite being so image heavy, search is surprisingly fast. Page previews load almost instantaneously as you type, though performance can vary depending on whether you're on Wi-Fi or a cellular network. The search function is great for leisurely browsing, but those on the hunt for a specific link will likely prefer a standard search engine view.