Skyfire Launches First iPad Browser for the Social Networking Generation
Mountain View, Calif. – December 22, 2010. Right in time for Christmas, Apple has approved Skyfire for iPad, the first alternative iPad browser with support for videos designed for Adobe® Flash® Player. The browser also features deep social-media integration from Facebook and Twitter, as well as comprehensive tools from Google.
Skyfire for iPad will be available at 5pm PST today in the U.S. App Store. Stay tuned for additional country availability announcements to follow. Consumers can follow Skyfire at www.twitter.com/Skyfire or at www.facebook.com/GetSkyfire.iphone for the most current launch information.
Right in Time for the Holiday:
Thanks to the approval, Christmas has come early for consumers frustrated with the lack of support on the iPad for videos designed for Flash Player. According to a survey by Business Insider, browsing is the single most popular activity on iPads—more than email, social network apps, and games combined. Thanks to Skyfire, great browsing and social network access, plus wider video access, are now available on the popular tablet.
What’s in Skyfire for iPad:
Skyfire is the first mobile browser built for the social-media generation. Skyfire’s cloud-enabled toolbars include:
- · Video –The “Video” icon enables you to play millions of videos designed for Flash Player that otherwise don’t play on iOS devices. This unlocks content typically trapped behind error messages, question marks and blue Legos, by transcoding the Flash Video content into Apple-approved formats on Skyfire’s servers.
- · Facebook and Twitter QuickView – Get instant access to your News Feed, profile, friends, inbox, events and Places.
- · FireplaceTM Feed Reader – A simple but addictive tool that provides a filtered list of your Facebook feed that only includes media your friends are sharing—just the links to browsable web pages, images, and videos posted by your Facebook friends.
- · Popular Content – You just finished reading a story on one of your favorite web sites and want to quickly decide what to read next. Click on the Popular button on the SkyBarTM and instantly see what content on that site is most popular with your friends and within the 500+ million user Facebook community.
- · Google Reader – As with Facebook Quickview, Google Reader keeps you logged into Google with one-touch access to Gmail, Buzz, and RSS.
- · Universal Like Button – Skyfire for iPad puts the Facebook Like Button on every page of the Internet. No scrolling around searching for the button on the page; simply click on the SkybarTM Like Button to easily ‘like’ or ‘unlike’ the page you are viewing or to share
the page with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, or email. Instead of the one million sites reportedly incorporating Facebook Connect today, now the Like button is available on a billion sites across the internet.
Skyfire for iPad follows on the heels of an incredibly-successful launch on iPhone and iPod touch. Within five hours of its November 3 U.S. launch, Skyfire became the top grossing, top paid and top utility app before hitting over 300,000 downloads by its first weekend
“We hope Skyfire becomes the must-have iPad app for the holiday season by playing millions of previously-unviewable videos and through groundbreaking social media integration,” said Jeff Glueck, CEO of Skyfire.
Great for Wi-Fi and Data-optimized for AT&T network:
Not only does Skyfire enable video for Flash Player while adhering to Apple’s guidelines, it offers a major enhancement to video data compression for AT&T and other wireless carriers. Skyfire compresses video data by an average of 75 percent, reducing buffer time, enhancing battery life and easing the network congestion that has caused user complaints in major metropolitan areas.
Skyfire is dedicated to using cloud computing to improve multimedia experiences on mobile phones, and has created the first “Compression as a Service” (CAAS) offering for wireless carriers and device makers. Skyfire’s technology has been visible to consumers through the Skyfire browser app, which has enabled Skyfire to refine its technology with millions of users. The app was named the #2 App of All-Time for Android by TechCrunch, and was the top pick in a PC World September 2010 comparison of all Android browsers. Skyfire won the Best Mobile Application-People’s Voice at the 2009 Webby Awards and was named a Top App of 2009 by the New York Times’ Gadgetwise. Skyfire’s iPhone browser, launched in November 2010, quickly reached the top selling app rank on the Apple App StoreSM, as the first way for iOS users to access videos designed for the Adobe Flash PlayerTM. Skyfire is based in Mountain View, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.skyfire.com, or follow Skyfire on Twitter attwitter.com/skyfire.
Skyfire for the iPad has been approved!
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