Yahoo! has released a new extension for Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari that provides visual previews of search results instead of the typical plain text. They’ve also launched a new app for iPhone and iPad that wraps the search style into a browser.
The browser extension sits in the bottom left corner of your browser. When you want to search for something, you can pull up the extension and search without ever leaving the page you’re on. Instead of a list of text, Yahoo! Axis shows you small thumbnail previews of the results. You can also see trending articles, share pages on social networks, and sync bookmarks between devices.
The iOS app is essentially the same thing with a browser skin around it. When you fire up the search engine, it shows you small thumbnail previews that you can swipe through to find what you’re looking for. Your bookmarks are synced between your iPad or iPhone and your browser.
If you downloaded the Chrome extension earlier this morning, you might want to download it again. The initial version had a private key included in the package that offered a security hole, but it’s been patched up since then. The extensions and iOS apps are all free downloads available from the Yahoo! Axis page below.