Skyfire brings downloadable mobile browser that delivers the PC web experience on your phone to the UK
Skyfire features full Flash and Ajax to bring the “real web” to smartphones – users experience mobile internet browsing at record speeds
December 9, 2008 – Mountain View, CA -- Today, Skyfire officially announced that their mobile browser is available in the UK, giving consumers there easy access to the only mobile browser that makes browsing on a mobile phone just like browsing on a PC. Skyfire lets users experience the “real web” to access and interact with any website built with any web technology, including dynamic Flash, advanced Ajax, Silverlight, Java and more – at the same speeds they are accustomed to on their PC. With this free downloadable browser, for the first time, users can:
· watch any online videos, as well as live broadcasts of sporting and current events,
· stay connected with their friends on the full-feature PC versions of social networks,
· listen to any internet music service,
· shop online,
· use any popular website -- just like they do on their PC.
“We are pleased to bring the Skyfire browsing experience to the UK. Consumers in the UK have been promised the ‘real web’ on their phone ‘real fast’ only to be disappointed by slow rendering, no Flash support, error messages, watered down WAP pages or second-rate mobile versions of their favorite site,” said Skyfire CEO Nitin Bhandari. “Skyfire has remedied those ills at a speed not seen before on the mobile platform. By extending the PC web experience to mobile phones, we are fundamentally changing the way people use their phones. Our US and Canadian beta users can attest to that and now the UK has the same opportunity to get the PC web on the go.”
Since launching an overwhelmingly popular beta in the US, Skyfire has broken down the two primary barriers for Internet adoption on smartphones – speed and user experience. Skyfire users do not have to change their web behavior on their mobile phones because Skyfire allows them to access the same web content, and let’s them interact with that content, exactly as they do on their PC. When users load their favorite sites, they will not encounter unrecognizable content, unfamiliar page layouts, or missing content, like they do with other mobile browsers. Skyfire is also the fastest loading mobile browser on the market.
“We are fully committed to user experience and speed. In fact, so much so that we have opened a data center in the UK to ensure that consumers there have the best Skyfire performance and experience. We’ve also customized the Skyfire start pages of for the UK consumer to include their most popular websites.” said Tracy DeMiroz, VP of Marketing for Skyfire. “Prior to launching in the UK, we ensured that Skyfire runs on the most popular Nokia E or N Series phones that are so prevalent in the UK. We’re excited to give these UK Nokia users an iPhone-like browsing experience, but even better with Flash supported and unmatched speeds.”
Skyfire includes numerous features aimed at simplifying the mobile browsing experience. For example, when a user conducts a web search from the home page, Skyfire pulls results from Google and displays the results in multiple tabs that consumers can easily navigate. In addition, users can bookmark specific locations on a web page to get to the content that matters most to them in one click – such as stock quotes, sports scores, blog messages, and more. Users can share any web page and send it to friends by SMS with a URL short enough to easily fit the text message. Skyfire’s user interface features full screen navigation, thumbnail views and zooming to seamlessly resize the web content to fit the mobile screen.
Skyfire’s patent-pending technology is the foundation of Skyfire’s unique ability to support all web technologies, both current and future, at speeds comparable to the PC. With Skyfire’s proprietary technology, supporting any new web standard becomes a seamless user experience without the need to upgrade to new releases. This technology allows Skyfire to support real web browsing while saving precious bandwidth and reducing processing power and memory needed on the phone.
Skyfire launched their beta in the US in February 2008, and now the beta is active in the US, Canada and the UK. The award-winning mobile browser runs on Windows Mobile (both touch and non-touchscreens as well as VGA resolution) and Symbian Series 60 (3rd edition) phones. To read which phones Skyfire runs on, see www.skyfire.com/about/beta. Users can download the free mobile browser at get.skyfire.com from either their PC or mobile browser.
Skyfire is the creator of the Skyfire mobile browser, which extends the PC web to mobile phones so users can experience the mobile web exactly like they do on their PC. The company was founded in 2006 by Nitin Bhandari and Erik Swenson, who serve as CEO and CTO respectively. Skyfire is backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners, Matrix Partners, and Trinity Ventures. For more information about the company, visit www.skyfire.com.
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