Skyfire Out Of Beta With 1.0 Mobile Web Browser

Skyfire has been a leader in mobile browsers for a while now, and yesterday marked the long-awaited release of the 1.0 version of it’s full-Web enabled browser for Windows Mobile and Symbian devices.

The key difference with Skyfire remains the ability to support popular Web standards and plug-ins such as Flash 10, Silverlight 2, Ajax and JavaScript that we’ve all come to expect from the traditional Web experience.  The browser will now let users watch any Web video and live event on a small-screen mobile phone, and Skyfire users can even customize their start pages with RSS feeds from their favorite Web sites, integrate their Facebook and Twitter accounts to import status updates and tweets, and easily publish their status to these networks with a single click.

The underlying method that gives Skyfire it’s fast processing speed and full-Web capable technology remains the fact that all the processing takes place on Skyfire’s servers instead of the device itself.  This makes for a unique and very fast user experience, which where the two key elements of the 1.0 update.  Another aspect of the new release was to allow users to find content much more quickly and efficiently than other browsers that use the same underlying technology.  Users can enter a search term or Web site location while Skyfire is still connecting to the network, for example.  After a Web page loads, the user can scroll and zoom like they would on an iPhone, but the difference is users can click on links on the first page load without having to zoom first.

The new browser supports Windows Mobile (versions 5 and 6), as well as Symbian phones with Nokia’s S60 platform.  A new version that supports RIM’s BlackBerry platform may also be released in beta form soon.  It should be interesting to see how the new browser update competes with the likes of Opera and the upcoming Mozilla mobile browser which both implement the same underlying methodology.