Bangalore based startup Hidden Reflex has announced the launch of its browser "Epic", which aims at making Indians all over the world proud.
Epic, which also happens to be the first entirely Indian made web browser, is based on the Mozilla platform and comes with quite a bunch of India centric features. We did take it for a short spin and we came out quite happy with it. Before we look at the details, let's look at details about Hidden Reflex, the company behind the browser.
The company was founded by the then U.S. based Engineer Alok Bhardwaj in 2007. However, the company is currently based in Bangalore. They initially had a team of three members and have now grown to quite a bunch of people who are working on two separate products. The first one, Epic, has already been launched. The other one is still in the making.
Let's get back to the Epic browser now. After you install it, the first thing you notice is the bright colours of the browser. Epic is highly customizable and initially comes with a "Peacock" background that isn't too easy on the eyes. Of course you can change your background with any of the zillion ones provided by the browser or choose one of your own. Even at the launch, there are over 1,500 themes available and compatible with Epic. The browser has a host of applications on its sidebar from where you can launch them. These include Twitter, Facebook, and other similar services. Clicking on any of these icons will launch a widget like window on the side of the browser. The bad thing about this is that you can only open one such widget per window.
Epic also comes with anti-virus protection built-in - a first for any browser. It also supports a long list of Indian languages (currently 12) and an India content sidebar that aggregates news headlines, TV to live cricket commentary and other things that matters to us Indians. It also features a bunch of productivity applications that include a free word processor, video sidebar and my Computer Browser.
The Epic browser is now available for download from here.