An Epic Web Browser From India

An Epic Web Browser From India

Summary: Hidden Reflex, a Bangalore based startup has released India’s first indigenously built web browser known as Epic. The browser is based on Mozilla’s Gecko layout engine and is being promoted as an Indian browser for India.

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Hidden Reflex, a Bangalore based startup has released India’s first indigenously built web browser known as Epic. The browser is based on Mozilla’s Gecko layout engine and is being promoted as an Indian browser for India.

A project by Alok Bhardwaj and Tejas Vyas, the browser comes built-in with several widgets and a theme with India’s national bird – the Peacock. The widgets are India centric, from Cricket to Orkut the browser also features a ton on themes that have an Indian flavor to it.

I really like the icon, however, the first look of the browser isn’t what I’d call elegant. Here’s a screenshot:

When we talk about India, the diversity of language comes to mind and Epic allows you to type in 11 Indian languages using one of the widgets. Since, viruses are quite a hassle, Epic allows you to scan your PC using ESET’s online antivirus scanner. From the features of the browser it is evident that the developers wanted to enable users to access web services like twitter, facebook and also perform part of their computing such as anti virus scanning, take notes etc. from within the browser itself. Since the browser uses Mozilla’s engine users have access to the huge plugin database of Firefox.

Epic does have something interesting here as they are focusing on India genuinely. While India is known for its software developers we haven’t seen a lot of end-user applications indigenously built which is why I’m excited about what Epic means for India. Besides Epic, the only mainstream Indian software to make headlines was the Linux distro – BOSS, developed by C-DAC which happens to be a government organization.

The Internet browser has become the desktop wallpaper for several users and as such is an important software. There are four major players in the market, namely Internet Explorer from Microsoft, Firefox from Mozilla, Chrome from Google and Safari from Apple. If you are from India, I’d suggest you do give Epic a try.

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Manan Kakkar

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Telecommunication engineer with a keen interest in end-user technology and a News junkie, I share my thoughts while preparing for my Master's in Information Management.

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  • RE: An Epic Web Browser From India

    Considering the number of potential users in India I'm amazed no one has done this before. Kudos to the authors. As an American I think national pride is a good thing and this sort of thing is an ideal way to express such.
    dheady@...
  • RE: An Epic Web Browser From India

    it looks really nice thats just what vista needed great job!
    cybursoft
  • RE: An Epic Web Browser From India

    Today only I read about EPIC in Maharashtra Times a Marathi Daily and as got time I have signed up for free membership. We have proud about your entry in this and great lap in the field. We wish you all the Bests for bright future.
    Pradip B Sonar
  • RE: An Epic Web Browser From India

    EPIC is really creating waves. I just love the browser for its simplistic side bar that is all encompassing. Every add-on you add gets integrated with the side bar seamlessly. You could check out 4 other features I think EPIC is a strong recommend for Indians here http://india-it-pulse.blogspot.com/2010/07/5-epic-india-browser-features-that-will.html
    wowvijay