Skyfire is a client/server image transfer-based networking model mobile web browser based on the Firefox 2.x engine, which is clearly better than Internet Explorer. Being in Beta it is very good and much faster than standard PIE and Safari...because all the video rendering is done on Skyfire servers. Unlike other mobile browsers, Skyfire supports the desktop version of Flash applications so sites, including those that serve-up video and music, are rendered exactly as you would expect – just like your PC. No more unrecognizable content, unfamiliar page layouts or missing content. Skyfire support's real embedded content such as Flash 9, QuickTime, Java and more.
The technical trick of Skyfire is that it's a proxy browser. The Skyfire app itself isn't a full browser. Instead, big Skyfire servers elsewhere process Web pages, including all the media and browser formats--like Flash, Java, and Ajax--that a normal desktop browser would handle but that most phones can't. Then it streams data to phones, which the mobile half of Skyfire displays. To the end user, it looks like a browser, but the mobile app is just one part of the product.
This means that Skyfire can do things on mobile phones that mobile browsers, including Safari and Opera cannot, at least not without bogging down the phone. The danger is that the Skyfire servers themselves will bog down, because of over-use, and ruin the experience for mobile users.
I have no problems viewing sites such as Hulu, ESPN, & even using Google street view is nice.
skyfire in actionAnnouncement started 18th August 2008 and ends 30th August 2008
On the eve of the Olympics, we added Silverlight support to Skyfire, meaning that Skyfire users can watch any ofthe 2200+ hours of Olympics coverage provided by NBC on their mobile phones. To celebrate Michael Phelps’s monumental accomplishment of winning 8 Gold metals in a single Olympic games, today we have released a special code “Michael8” which will give new users access to Skyfire and the games (and the full PC web).
Spread the code “Michael8” to your friends and let them part take in these historic games on the go.
So, if you want a beta registration sign up with this beta code: Michael8
BTW, If you were already registered and waiting (like me), this still works perfectly. Just enter the same info you did when you first registered, it will find your previous registration and prompt you for a confirmation via text message and then you will be able to download the cab and install.
Skyfire will go into public beta in a few weeks for Windows smartphones. Other platforms will follow. After the Private Beta is done...they plan on releasing for free....I hope so.