Skyfire 2.0 Beta for Android available now

 

It didn’t take long to go from the Alpha to the Beta it seems. The Beta version Skyfire 2.0 for Android is now available for everyone to try it. Just head over here with you Android handset or just download it via the Android Market (looks like it isn’t up yet..). Similar to Opera Mini, Skyfire uses server-side rendering and compression to speed-up page load times. Skyfire’s unique features is its ability to support Flash video content directly in the browser by doing server-side conversion to HTML5.
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SkyFire for Android screenshots


Here’s a couple of screenshots (from BGR) of the Alpha version of Skyfire on Android that was launched a few days ago. As you can see the UI is slightly different from the Windows Mobile version and packs new features like tabbed browsing and direct access to a web page’s content via an UI overlay.

SkyFire for Android Alpha Program launching soon


Android users should be happy to know that the SkyFire‘s Alpha Program is set to launch soon and is now officially open for registration:

Are you interested in testing and giving us feedback for our upcoming browser for the Android platform?

If so, you’ll need an Android Phone version 1.5 or higher and a willingness to give active feedback.

To participate, send an Email to alpha@skyfire.com with the following information:

•Name
•Device you have
•Country you are in (we want to have a nice mix)
If you could use your work email address then this is preferred.

Slots are limited, so please understand that not everybody will be able to participate.

Please note: If you are invited as an alpha tester we will ask you for your device’s IMEI.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Thanks, Robert

SkyFire recently acquired KolbySoft (makers of the Steel browser on Android) to developed the Android version of their criticaly acclaimed server-side-rendering mobile browser on Windows Mobile.

Skyfire acquires Kolbysoft, Android version coming


Skyfire, makers of the famous server-side-rendering mobile browser that support Flash & Silverlight video content have just announced the acquisition of Kolbysoft makers of the Android Steel browser. The company has also announced the upcoming released of an Android version (it is currently availalbe on Windows Mobile & Symbian):

Today, we are announcing the acquisition of kolbysoft, creators of the Steel mobile browser for Android. The acquisition is effective immediately.

Many of our Skyfire fans have been clamoring for when they could get Skyfire for Android. We have been working on it, and with this acquisition, we add resources to speed that effort.

By adding kolbysoft’s talent to Skyfire, we’ll be able to fuse the best of Skyfire’s famed cloud-computing multimedia capabilities with the Webkit browser movement to create a better hybrid model for Android. Steel has been the most acclaimed browser in the Android Marketplace, adding features atop Webkit. Together, we’ll be able to do so much more.

The acquisition brings considerable Android and user experience know-how to Skyfire. Michael Kolb, founder of kolbysoft, will become chief client architect for all of Skyfire’s browsers across operating systems. All of us at Skyfire are thrilled to work with Michael, and welcome him aboard.

Users of the existing version of the Steel browser will still be able to use the current version, but will be offered upgrades to Skyfire Android edition once it is released. We can’t share any timing or more details at this time, but I promise you’ll like it. Sign up to follow Skyfire on Facebook or Twitter and you’ll be the first to hear when news is announced.

Happy browsing,

Jeff

Source: Skyfire

HTC HD2 vs Google Nexus One Browser comparison Part 2

Brandon just posted a second video comparison of the HTC HD2 vs Google Nexus One his time using Skyfire on the HD2 instead of Opera Mobile 9.7 (watch the first video here). So this isn’t really an apple to apple comparison given that Skyfire uses server side rendering to speed up page loading. Even with this advantage SF is slightly faster in loading the page) the Nexus One is IMO the clear winner here (notice the slow page rendering of Skyfire..).

Source: Pocketnow

SkyFire mobile browser updated: New UI, higher resolutions support and kinetic scrolling


The SkyFire Mobile browser has received a major update today (1.5.0.15020). The browser now natively supportthe VGA and WVGA resolutions on Windows Mobile devices and kinetic scrolling has been added.One thing still missing it landscape support though. I’ver played with on the HTC HD2 and it’s definitaly a big step forward compared to the previous version. But it still feels kinda slow even on a SnapDragon powered device (pages load quickly but panning and zomming is really slow). Anyway this is still the best way to browse the web if you really need Flash & Silverlight support.

You can download it here

Skyfire Mobile browser gets updated to version 1.1

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The most feature rich mobile browser just got a nice upgrade yesterday. Unlike IE Mobile, Safari Mobile & Opera Mobile, Skyfire uses a proxy server to compress the web pages before sending them to the mobile phones to increase speed and decrease loading times (like Opera Mini) it also enables the ability to play Flash, Silverlight & Quicktime content without slowdowns (because everything is done on SkyFire’s proxy servers only the final output is sent to you phone). Here are the release notes:

What’s new in 1.1?

•Improved page load times. For sites that take a long time to load, we updated our algorithm to bring you the content much quicker.
•Improved scrolling and zooming on Symbian. This is a much faster and smoother experience now.
•Improved reconnect. Skyfire will show clearly when you can start interacting with the web page in case it previously timed out and disconnected (to save battery life).
•WML support. If you are browsing to mobile sites that use the old mobile WML markup, you can now view the content.
•Improved mobile website support. Mobile.* websites are now rendered automatically as mobile with the exception of mobile.yahoo.com since it is a PC site.
•Page up/down navigation via short-key: You can use now ‘2’ and ‘8’ to easily navigate one page up or down. Great for reading articles. Now the short-key for invoking the Superbar is ‘*’. Please note that on some devices with a non-standard keyboard layout, short-keys may behave differently since this is phone specific.
•Updated Plug-ins: For Flash, Silverlight and QuickTime we have the newest versions to give you more compatibility with more sites.

Fixes in this release

•Skyfire quits on startup on Windows Mobile 6.5 devices. It affected a limited number of 6.0 and 6.1 devices as well. (Fixed Issue 7369)
•Multi-line text entry behavior on Symbian: This was an issue when you exited text entry mode with predictive text on, or used the navigation keys. (Fixed Issues 7149 & 7112)
•Superbar state on Symbian: Cancel button did not always exit from Superbar. (Fixed Issue 7156)
•Samsung Propel and Jack (AT&T): Could not uninstall Skyfire if the SIM card was missing. Fixed.

Known issues in this release

•Short-keys inconsistent on non-standard keyboard. On some keyboard layouts (half-qwerty, dual keyboards), the short-keys do not work as expected. (Issue 7498, 7408, 7581)

You can download the Windows Mobile and Symbian versions here