In the age of streaming everything, mobile browsers are definitely not having an easy time keeping up. At best, streaming a video to an OEM smartphone browser is a complete mess; at worst, it’s impossible. Enter Skyfire, a third-party browser we’ve covered here on BGR before and the best way to describe it might be to quote the company’s homepage pitch: “Watch any video, listen to any music, stay connected with friends, browse whatever you want.” Of course that’s a bit of a reach but Skyfire does multimedia processing on the server side, opening up a whole new range of sites and services that become accessible – Hulu, YouTube, Last.fm, the Hype Machine and so on. Skyfire today announced the availability of version 0.9 of its mobile browser which includes tons of tweaks and new functionality:

  • New start page – integrated RSS, Facebook, Twitter, etc
  • Improved readability – adaptive font sizes, contextual zoom, etc
  • Widescreen / hi-res support – Handsets such as the XPERIA X1, Samsung Omnia and Nokia N80 are now supported
  • Improved Superbar – improved auto-suggestions
  • Multimedia downloads – there is now an option to download audio or video files streamed by Skyfire
  • Updated page rendering – faster page loads, better zoom
  • Updated plugins – Flash 10, Silverlight 2.0 and newest Quicktime are all now supported

There are also a variety of version-specific improvements and tweaks such as better email link handling in Windows Mobile and improved battery life for the Symbian version. Conclusion: Current users, update ASAP. New users, catch up.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.