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Skyfire browser for WinMobile supports Flash, AJAX

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.



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  1. Guest

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    How can you

    promise support for "future content"? By definition, it is unknown if your device is powerful enough to decode it.

    And I don't see how they can claim to support "QuickTime", as QuickTime is a library for loading modules that actually decode/encode content, and Apple doesn't make it available for WinMobile...

  1. stainless

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    Something is wrong...

    Something is missing from their claim! Flash and Quicktime require a powerful enough cpu or gpu or specialty chip for decoding the data. I personally have been working with specialty chips that decode the mpeg2 and mpeg4, standards and unless the hardware is there... you can't decode the information fast enough! As Guest has also pointed out, Quicktime library isn't available for the WinMobile platform. Now with that said, they may be claiming that mpeg4 is Quicktime being that mpeg4 was based on the Quicktime. But a .Mov is not the same as a .m4v! Also there is a reason that Adobe with it's billions of dollars created Flash Lite! So proceed with caution with this one.

  1. Guest

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    But still...

    They failed to report that there is STILL no VGA support with this new beta. Screens are only going to continue to improve. So until then, it's a negative for me....

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