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Skyfire updated to 0.9; even more PC-like web goodness

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

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.