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Brandon put together a video comparing the differences between Opera Mini 5 and SkyFire. Take a look and let us know what you think.
Windows Mobile users have a blessing that goes by the name of SkyFire. With version 1.1 now available, you can enjoy an even more seamless transition to the web. For those of you that don’t know, SkyFire brings the entire web to your phone in a fully featured browser that works with Flash, Silverlight and more. It uses server side rendering to bring full web pages to your device faster and with less bandwidth. It is the first app I install on any Windows Mobile phone I pick up. It works for touchscreen and non-touchscreen phones. If you want to know more about it check out the video above or install the newest version from get.skyfire.com. You can also install directly to your phone from the same address.
As of this morning the newer beta of SkyFire arrived with many enhancements:
- Multi-Line Text Entry (2,000 character limit) (Good!)
- Auto-complete text entry (YAY!)
- Paste into URL or search (Life has just gotten easier)
- Ability to delete bookmarks (Thank you)
- Multiple zoom modes for touch screen phones
- Double Tap to Zoom In and Zoom Out (not important to us Non-Touchscreeners)
- Support for custom virtual keyboards (again non touchscreen)
- Web Search Shortcut in softkey menu (Thank you again)
- Access to the Windows Mobile Taskbar in softkey menu (Easyiness)
- Persistent Settings for SMartfit, Mute and Zoom Size (Good!)
- Support for 12-key and 1/2 QWERTY devices
- Password Masking (for those curious eyes)
- Backlight usage based on system settings
- Ok button sends SkyFire to the Background (Great!)
- Additional sites listed on the Featured:Info and Media tabs
For those of you with an existing beta copy it will stop working on May 7th.To update, simply fire up SkyFire > Click the Upgrade Now link and an SMS will be sent to your phone with a download link. You will need to use the original email you signed up with. If you aren’t on the beta, sorry. If you signed up already stay patient as they open up to more users all the time.
If you want to sign up for the SkyFire beta visit Skyfire.com. The download is 466KB and the installed size is 1385KB.
Without a doubt, Skyfire is in demand. Over a week ago I downloaded my beta copy and have enjoyed it ever since. It does break my heart a little that not everyone can enjoy it yet. However my hopes were lifted with this recent email concerning Skyfire and the beta program. Hopefully this will left your hearts as well.
Straight from the Skyfire Office:
“Here’s the status of our private beta program. As you know, we have quite a demand for the beta and sign ups beyond what we can support today. On February 8th, we invited a batch of the sign ups to download Skyfire beta 0.5 based on the chronological order in which they signed up. We purposefully kept the number of those first downloads to a manageable number so we could finesse our systems before we increased the pool. We’ve taken the time since February 8th to work out any kinks in our system — nothing of significance, but the normal stuff that comes up when you go live the first time. We needed this time to fine tune the download process, support, etc. and assess our infrastructure relative to real users.
After this period of tweaking and assessing, we are in a position to invite more people to download Skyfire. Very soon, we will invite another batch of people to download in a first signed up, first invited basis. That’s not to say, we can invite every beta sign up to download immediately – the invitations will continue in a measured pace to meet the significant demand for Skyfire. Next week, you will see our external messaging to beta signs up in this regard – blog updates, email blasts and website messaging. We appreciate that you point your readers to our sign up page as that’s the best course of action to get into our private beta program. However, it’s safe to say that there is a wait as we continue in a measured pace.”
So you heard it here. Up until this point every reader of AllShadow.com should already be signed up on the beta program’s sign up page. If you aren’t then you need to get over there and get your beta on. As you can see they are proceeding in chronological order of when people signed up. Do you want to be the last?
Ever since the Exclusive Video on Skyfire I have received numerous emails asking how to get Skyfire. Skyfire is in private beta right now, so the options on getting it are limited. Skyfire operates both on your device and on the Skyfire servers and that is one reason why it works so well, distributed browsing.
Two ways to get Skyfire:
- Go to the Sign Up page, enter your information and wait. Hopefully the queue won’t be long and you will be added to the user list and be able to download and use Skyfire.
- Wait for the final release, because of the beta status of it there are a few options that don’t work. I’m sure you want a working copy right?
If you do happen to have a friend that emails you the .cab file. It won’t work. Skyfire requires your cell number and some other registration details so the server can appropriately handle the connection between the web and your phone.
Skyfire is a great browser and worth the wait. So be patient it is coming…
I have been lucky enough to be included in the closed beta of the new Skyfire Browser. Before I opened the newly installed browser on my windows mobile standard smartphone, I honestly didn’t think it would be as cool as it turns out to be. Watch the video below to learn more:
EDIT note: This video is also available on YouTube