SkyFire – Browsing Made Easy | Mobile Application
The most useful feature for any phone these days beside its talking ability is the fact that you are connected to the World Wide Web from almost anywhere you are as long as your GSM or CDMA provider covers it under their network. From Wap to GPRS to EDGE and then fueled by the power of 3G speeds, technology have really outgrown our expectations the last few years. The wireless sector specially saw immense growth and even in our small, rebellious country called Bangladesh almost 5 crore people are using cell phones or smartphones. That’s a huge number considering we are a very poor country in terms of gross economy. Anyhow, the best thing is that the introduction of mobile gprs and Edge have really made it possible for people living in the most remote area now getting fast access to the internet. With that being said, in places like the United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, Finland etc the usage of mobile phone and the internet packet data is really vast and “ever green”.
However, one thing everyone lacked was the ability to surf from the phone via the entire HTTP mode. In simple words, most webpages which were previously not made for WAP connectivity and compatibility was completely inaccessible through cell phones. Then came Opera into the scene and changed everything about internet browsing from your mobile phones by introducing the phenomenal browser Opera Mobile. Symbian OS and Opera Mobile surely is the best combo one can expect from his or her Nokia right?
I mean only Flash based content was missing!!!! Then the Nokia N95 was introduced and again internet browsing shifted gears for the better by having a full HTTP mobile based browser with “mouse type scrolling” built in and most importantly, the symbian engine built in the phone supported Flash Lite which is even more superb and made the scene quite complete. I really can’t thank Flash Lite and its developers enough for that honestly because I personally love the overall Flash Lite experience.
And now, we have SkyFire! What is SkyFire? SkyFire is a state of the art mobile and smartphones based browser which is completely free to use and share. It supports everything you can think of literally and the browsing speed is just quite awesome. I don’t know if you experienced it yourself but in my wife’s phone, the Nokia simply sometimes hung up because the web pages that were being loaded through Opera Mobile surpassed the Java heap memory that the phone provides. Quality rendering was always not an option simply because of this.
But SkyFire really changes all that because SkyFire apparently uses an efficient and intelligent engine which seems to balance the load on the phone memory very well and the cache does not load up the phone’s “point of explosion” (..know what I mean.) Not only that with SkyFire you can be quite sure that you will see the web as if you are browsing from your laptop or desktop pc.
Though we do have streaming based applications like the MobiTubia or the EmTube for watching our favorite videos but did you still not wonder that, when it will be time for YouTube to be mobile browser friendly? Opera mobile 8.5 certainly did not support it and for a time being it seemed that this is how its gonna go on forever, stand alone application for watching You Tube videos in mobile.
Wrong again!!! With SkyFire you will be able to watch your favorite videos from your soon to be favorite browser SkyFire. You can even browse Facebook in full mode and not only the Facebook mobile version and even with the new look enabled. Chaning rendering and browsing resolution is now only a click away in your Nokia phones!
With Skyfire the fun does not stop here! Skyfire also have a built in map database which they seemed to have acquired via a partnership with a GPS navigation provider like Google Maps or Nokia Maps or something. In simple words, you will be able to render live maps just like in Garmin Mobile or TomTom Navigator straight up. The features do not stop here honestly because the standard files download, low quality high quality mode, one click shortcuts, save page mode are also there. Seriously you Iphone Safari guys and Opera Mobile fanatics (..which actually includes me at times) really need to check this out if you haven’t already.
This is quite a browser and I feel that it will seriously change the way we once thought we can browse from Nokia based devices or handsets. The rendering is exceptionally fast and so is the loading which is a real plus for this really complete mobile browser. The overall experience through SkyFire is simply superb!!
Updated on May 17 2009:
Just a little version-update of the great Nokia full on mobile browser SkyFire. The latest version of the application offers even better rendering for people throughout the globe!! All you have to do is register your Authorized IMEI after reading through their EULA (license) which pops up only once the moment you install/reinstall it for the first time and you are good to go!
Also, this version have updated their Beta Version to the Alpha status (thus moving along with the WEB 2.0 trend in mobile phones).
Updated on October 6th 2009:
The new version 1.1 is now released and is already featured here at Chaos Inc. This version have a few good improvements over the last one specially in the browsing performance and the “reconnect” feature. Zooming of any on-page texts and images have been greatly improved which ensures a smooth touch sensitive transition.
This version of the browser also upgrades the embedded plugins like Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight. It also fixes a small bug in the scrolling menu bars which previously were reported by some specific N-Series users. Nokia Touchscreen included 5th edition devices like the N97 and 5800 XpressMusic mobile phones are also added to the list of supported phones. Go ahead, give it a whirl and download the latest version for your Nokia N97 or 5800 XpressMusic smartphones below.
Skyfire is equipped to be compatible with all Nokia 3rd edition S60 N-Series and E-Series symbian phones including the Nokia N91, N92, N93, N95, N96, N97, N81, N82, N86, N85, N78, N81, N80, N92, N73, N75, N76, N71, E50, E61, E62, E65, E60, E66, E70, E71, E55, E90, 6120, 6121, 5700 Xpress Music, 5500, 5710, 3250, 6110, 8800 Sirocco and Luna etc and more.
All major GPRS, EDGE and 3G networks like the AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless, Orange Mobile Uk, Virgin Mobile, Telstra, T-Mobile, Optimus, Vodafone, Sprint, Rogers, Airtel, Cingular, Hutch, Digi etc are well supported.
Also the Windows Mobile based PDA phones are supported too. I am quite sure that you will love this browser and so I hope that you will subscribe to my feeds because I will be most happy if you do. Enjoy your day peeps and always please comment and leave your thoughts!! Cheers!