SkyFire, the browser that was preferred by many Windows Mobile users in its early forms, is now available in 2.0 form on Android. The news broke this morning when the app appeared in the store and a press release was sent to many media outlets.
The reason many wanted Skyfire and the feature that the developers are touting is Flash. Yes, Skyfire can play many forms of flash video available on many different websites such as Break, CollegeHumor, YouTube, Dailymotion and much more. Skyfire Browser is the first to allow for Flash viewing in the browser on Android.
Along with viewing Flash, the browser also touts what is known as the ‘Sky Bar’ that makes it easy to view, discover and share the web content you’re viewing. With a touch of a button, you can view any flash video on the page, discover web content from sites like Twitter that relates to it and share it with your friends through several different applications like Gmail, Facebook, Twitter or SMS.
As of now, the application is in beta and available on the Android Market for free. Currently, it is unknown if the browser will eventually have a surcharge but I wouldn’t count on it with their being several alternatives available and Android getting flash itself very soon.
I have used the browser myself for a few moments and it appeared to work as mentioned. When you click a video page you wish to view, just push the Video button on the ‘Sky Bar’ and it will display the video in full screen.
To help demonstrate the browser’s capabilities and use, the Skyfire team have released the following video: