SkyFire Browser Now Available
The SkyFire mobile web browser is now out of private beta and is openly available for Windows Mobile and Symbian S60 devices. SkyFire is designed to deliver a desktop-like browsing experience on the small screen. The browser supports full web browsing, and comes with the ability to handle rich media content such as Ajax functionality, Flash, Quicktime, Windows Media and others.
SkyFire version 0.8 for Windows Mobile includes marked improvements in speed and ease of use according to the company. The browser is available for free after signing up on the company's website. The software runs natively on the device and utilizes a proxy for rendering and transcoding all content.
Previously, people who wanted to use the browser had to sign-up on a waiting list for Skyfire. With today's announcement, the latest version of the Windows Mobile Skyfire browser is available to anyone.
"Leaving private beta is a huge step for us," said Skyfire CEO Nitin Bhandari, "We have accomplished our goals of the private beta – launch, listen, improve. Demand for Skyfire has been extremely strong and we are excited to bring this more evolved product to more devices and users."
In addition to known bug fixes and general performance gains, the 0.8 version of Skyfire for Windows Mobile also adds the following functionality:
- Better video quality
- Ability to make Skyfire the default browser
- Faster launch and auto-reconnect
- Improved zooming
- Ability to download content
- In-line text entry
Thanks to jkOnTheRun for the tip.