updated 07:00 pm EDT, Wed September 24, 2008
Skyfire public beta
Skyfire today announced the release of its Skyfire mobile browser into public beta. The browser touts its support of Flash, Ajax, Quicktime, Windows Media, and other rich media content compatibility. The company intends to add capabilities to Skyfire that are currently exclusive to desktop systems. Based on feedback from the private beta, the browser now includes a "Super Bar" that combines the URL and search entry into one place.
Other mobile browsers have yet to match Skyfire's wide support for content. The iPhone doesn't support Flash 9 embedded content or Flash pages. Opera and Google's Android platforms also lack support of Flash and Ajax. Skyfire is already configured to display Microsoft Silverlight media as well.
For sharing content, web pages can be sent to address book entries using text messages. The new beta is claimed to offer improved video quality, faster launch, auto-reconnect, and improved zooming. Users can make Skyfire their default browser, download content, or enter text in-line.
The company promises compatibility with all current and future content, at speeds comparable to a desktop browser. Skyfire public beta version .8 is available as a free download for Windows Mobile 5/6 platforms or Symbian Series 60 devices, with more devices to be added in the future.