Mountain View, CA – April 29, 2010–Skyfire, maker of the award-winning web-browser for mobile devices, today launchedSkyfire 2.0 for Android, making the mobile internet experience faster, Flash-enabled and fun, with media recommendations and social features. Skyfire is one of the fastest growing mobile browsers in the world and is now being used in over 160 countries worldwide, ranking in the top 10 apps in the Nokia Ovi Store and Windows Marketplace.
Skyfire 2.0 for Android is built upon many of the popular features of Skyfire’s 1.0 browser including desktop-internet page displays, server-side rendering of rich-media and optimized delivery of all content for faster load times. More importantly, Skyfire 2.0 for Android takes mobile browsing to an entirely new level with the addition of the SkyBar, a new innovation around enjoying and discovering relevant mobile media.
What is the SkyBar?
The SkyBar brings the best of the Internet to a mobile user’s fingertips, without any additional searching. By activating the SkyBar with a single touch, users are given access to any broken embedded video, related content, as well as the ability to share content to their social networks.
• Video –The “Video” icon repairs any broken Flash and rich-media video content embedded within a webpage. Goodbye, question marks and blue Legos.
• Related Content – The “Explore” icon brings the most relevant content on the Internet to a user’s fingertips based on what they are viewing at the time, without the need for arduous time spent typing in often unreliable mobile searches. The related button pulls video, buzz, news, images and other sites from the web based on what is on the current page.
• Sharing – The “Share” icon lets users update their social network profiles like Facebook and Twitter with a single click.
The mobile browser for the social media generation:
“Skyfire 2.0 was built for the social media web world. People are now starting their web experience by scanning their Facebook and Twitter news feeds,” explains Jeff Glueck, CEO of Skyfire. “Our new browser ensures that many of the embedded links, such as Flash video in those feeds actually work on a mobile browser.”
The Power of Cloud Computing:
Like previous iterations of Skyfire on Windows Mobile and Symbian devices, Skyfire 2.0 uses sophisticated cloud computing technology to render Flash video and websites on Skyfire’s servers. The server-side rendering not only allows Skyfire to deliver pages faster, it optimizes Flash video and compresses data for an appropriate delivery on mobile devices. This means faster page load-times, smooth Flash video and extended battery life. It also means less network congestion by sending up to 70% less data down already-clogged 3G networks.
Skyfire 2.0 for Android is available for download for users in US, UK and Canada free at http://get.skyfire.com
Skyfire is the creator of the Skyfire mobile browser, which enables the “full internet” including rich media on mobile phones, at desktop computer speeds. The browser 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 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.
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