For those of you that don’t already know, Skyfire is the only mobile web browser on the planet that allows for full web browsing on your mobile phone. And, the most capable mobile web browser has just crossed the border into Canada.
That’s right, folks! Skyfire is now available to our Canadian mobile web surfers.
While most mobile web browsers tout a full-web browsing experience, they just can’t deal with embedded Flash or Silverlight content in the same way that your desktop computer does. There just isn’t enough computing power in our mobile phones (at least for the time being… we’ll be singing a different tune in two years) to crunch all those bits and bytes requires to stream an embedded video or other interactive
Skyfire proudly supports embedded Flash and Silverlight content and displays it with ease. The trick to Skyfire’s desktop-like browsing experience is the mobile web browser’s reliance on back-end proxy servers that do all the strenuous number crunching. Rather than be limited by a mobile phone’s processing power, Skyfire sends the web-page content to a Skyfire server. The server renders the page as it would on a desktop and sends the webpage to your mobile phone.
Whether or not you understand how Skyfire works is not important. What is important is that the most capable mobile web browser has now hit Canada!
Grab Skyfire here.
Full press release after the break.
Skyfire Brings Full PC Web Experience
to Mobile Phones in Canada
Canada becomes first country outside the US to get full access to the exact same PC-like Internet on their mobile phones including Flash, Ajax and Silverlight
(MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA.) – October 31, 2008 – Skyfire announced today that they are expanding availability of their award-winning PC Web experience mobile browser to Canada. Now Canadians can watch live sports like NHL hockey, NBA basketball, or use their favorite music and video services that they enjoy on their PCs, as a free download at www.skyfire.com.
The only mobile browser to support all Web 2.0 technologies including full Flash, Ajax, Quicktime and more, Skyfire has been bringing the full PC Web to US users on the go since launching in February of 2008. Now with Skyfire, Canadians will be able to access the exact same Web that they usually see from a desktop right on their Windows Mobile or Symbian S60 Smartphones.
With Skyfire, Canadians can fully experience some of the country’s most popular sites, like CBC, (www.cbc.ca), Facebook (www.facebook.com), NHL (www.nhl.com) or even YouTube (www.ca.youtube.com).
“Skyfire users love being able to browse media rich sites like MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, and ESPN,” said CMO Adam Sexton, “Our users prove that with Skyfire, mobile web browsing is very similar to PC Web browsing. We are pleased to bring Skyfire to Canada so that users there can use their mobile phones to visit sites that take full advantage of everything Web 2.0 has to offer.”
Skyfire is currently in open beta on the Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile platforms and available as a free download at www.skyfire.com.
Skyfire is the creator of the Skyfire mobile browser, which extends the PC Web to mobile phones so users can experience the mobile Web exactly like they do on their PCs. The company was founded in 2006 by Nitin Bhandari and Erik Swenson, who serve as CEO and CTO, respectively. Skyfire is backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners, Trinity Ventures and Matrix Partners.
For more information, visit www.skyfire.com, or follow Skyfire on Twitter at twitter.com/skyfire.