Skyfire unveiled both the company and its mobile browser at the DEMO 08 conference on Monday.
For starters, the Skyfire browser is only available through a private beta — and only for Windows Mobile smartphones. A Symbian version will be the next to debut, followed by versions for additional platforms in the future.
What’s causing Skyfire to draw a lot of media hype is that the browser is supposed to bring the “real Web” experience to cell phones. The start-up claims that users can access and interact with any Web site, including those that use dynamic Flash, advanced Ajax, Java and more, at the same speed they can on a PC. This will let smartphone users watch Web videos and listen to a streaming Web music service on their phone without the long waits and dropped connections theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re used to when trying to load a complex Web site with a typical mobile browser.
Since actions often speak louder than words, the company has a demo video posted on YouTube so people can get a better feel for what the browser has to offer.
Skyfire will work both on traditional phones and those with touch screens. Claiming to be the fastest-loading mobile browser on the market (even though it hasn’t actually launched yet), Skyfire faces competition from Opera Software, Apple’s iPhone browser technology, fellow start-up Zumobi and the upcoming mobile version of Mozilla’s Firefox.