Skyfire, maker of the award-winning web-browser for mobile devices, today announced the launch of Skyfire 2.0 for Android, making the mobile Internet experience faster, Flash-enabled and fun, with media recommendations and social network features. Skyfire is one of the fastest growing mobile browsers in the world, ranking in the top 10 all-time apps in the Nokia Ovi Store and Windows Marketplace Mobile. Like Opera Mini, which uses a server/client combination to render web sites, Skyfire 2.0 for Android uses cloud computing to give a "booster engine" to mobile phones so they can handle rich media like video and Flash. Skyfire 2.0 for Android goes even further with the addition of the SkyBar.
The SkyBar brings the best of the Internet to a mobile user's fingertips, without any additional searching. By activating the SkyBar with a single touch, users are given access to Flash videos on a web page that otherwise would not play, related content recommendations, and easier sharing with their social networks.
- The "Video" icon enables users to play millions of Flash videos around the web that otherwise do not play on mobile. This unlocks content trapped behind those error messages with question marks and blue Legos. Behind the scenes, videos are translated into a format easier for the phone to play, like hl5 video.
- The "Explore" icon brings the most relevant content on the Internet to a user's fingertips based on what they are viewing at the time. The Explore button pulls video, buzz, news, images and other sites from the web based on what is on the current page.
- The "Share" icon lets users share any article or video easily to their friends on Facebook, Twitter or by E-Mail and SMS messaging, adding a comment, and all with a single click.
"Skyfire 2.0 was built for the way people use social media and the web today. People are now starting their web experience by scanning their Facebook and Twitter news feeds," explains Jeff Glueck, CEO of Skyfire. "Our new browser allows you to open those links and view the videos that your friends have shared. To make that work, people need a browser that can handle the full Internet."
Skyfire on Android uses cloud-computing technology to enable this web video; the benefits for consumers include faster and smoother video playback, and extended battery life by offloading more of the work to cloud servers. At the same time, since Skyfire 2.0 is built on a WebKit core, users get all the functionality they know on the default Android browser, such as pinch to zoom, copy and paste, find text on the page, open up to eight browser tabs, and more.
Skyfire 2.0 for Android is now available free of charge from the Android Market as well as from Skyfire and runs on Android 1.5, 1.6, 2.0 and 2.1 smartphones.
Cheers ~ Arne