New Skyfire Browser for Windows Mobile
Windows Mobile Treo owners certainly are spoiled for choice when it comes to browsers nowadays, what with Pocket IE and Deepfish and Opera (plus Mini), not to mention the soon-to-come mobile Firefox. That's not going to stop tech newcomer Skyfire from wading into the crowded waters, though, with Monday's announcement of their new web browser that's designed to give a desktop-like experience on the small screen and put paid to the iPhone.
The self-titled Skyfire browser uses a proxy rendering technology similar to that of the aforementioned Deepfish and Opera Mini, transcoding pages into a proprietary format that is then squirted to your device. Unlike those browsers, however, Skyfire brings full Flash support along with AJAX and Java.
"For too long consumers have been promised the 'real Web' on their phone, only to be disappointed by slow rendering, error messages, no Flash support, watered down WAP pages or second-rate mobile versions of their favorite site," said Skyfire CEO Nitin Bhandari in a statement. "Skyfire has remedied those ills at a speed not seen before on the mobile platform. By extending the PC Web experience to smartphones, we fully expect Skyfire to fundamentally change the way people use their phones."
You can see the (quite impressive) video demonstration embedded above or here. In an interview with InfoWorld, Bhandari has said that they are talking with carriers about having the browser pre-installed onto handsets, but that advertising and search could also be potential moneymakers.
Skyfire is currently available as a private beta. You can sign up here. If you can snag a copy, let us know in the comments how it turns out.
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