Skyfire mobile browser gets reviewed, is amazing

Skyfire mobile browser does Flash AJAX Java on your Windows Mobile 5 and 6 handsetLast time we mentioned the Skyfire mobile browser for Windows Mobile handsets, we told you that this Flash-enabled browser could seriously turn the mobile-browsing game on its head. Dynamic Flash, AJAX, Java, Skyfire’s got all the angles covered. What more could you ask for?

Well, how about a review of the pre-beta software? That’s right. We couldn’t get our hands on an advanced beta copy of the Skyfire browser, but Brighthand was able to play with the browser and came way with a positive impression.

Skyfire mobile browser does Flash AJAX Java on your Windows Mobile 5 and 6 handsetFull web-sites not only open with haste (the New York Times webpage loaded in 4 seconds), Skyfire apparently uses the iPhone-approach to mobile browsing. The full web-page (not a stripped-down mobile version) is shrunken down to fit the screen, and a simple tap-tap zooms in to a particular portion of the site. And, YouTube videos play right from the Skyfire browser.

Once the webpage is loaded, you’ll likely need to zoom in on article-text before you can read them. But, Skyfire mobile browser does Flash AJAX Java on your Windows Mobile 5 and 6 handsetzooming in to a particular article can result in text that’s wider than your screen. Skyfire’s SmartFit feature resizes the article’s text to fit the handset’s display.

Google Maps works just like it does on your desktop. While other devices rely on mobile applications of Google Maps, Skyfire can take advantage of the online-based Google Maps full-featured interface – sweet.

We’ll be sure to write-up our take on the Skyfire beta as soon as the Skyfire team sees fit to give us a beta copy. Until then, drool over these screenshots from Brighthand (and the video, too).
[Via: Brighthand]

  • Chris P

    It looks like a great browser and I am looking forward to it but do people in the States know of the N95 8Gb browser? ie flash compatibility

  • Dan D @ Skyfire

    Chris,

    I’m a mobile engineer @ Skyfire and I wanted to let you know that we’re coming close to completing an application that will support the N95 and it’s looking really good on that device!

  • Chris P

    Hi Dan,

    Thats great news, thanks v much for the update. Its good to see a developer in contact with the public. Am looking forward to this, Cheers.

    Chris

  • Matt

    I have yet to see a windows mobile browser that shows a good zoom feature. Even if they improve skyfire it doesn’t look like its going to have it. We don’t need multi touch to get the same effect apple does with their browser. Assign a button and hold it while sliding up or down or in a circle to zoom in or out and rotate around.
    No matter how good skyfire or opera get it will just be settling for second to the iphones until people learn we need more then just a cookie cutter zoom window.

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