Skyfire (web browser)

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Developer(s) Skyfire Team</td></tr>
Stable release 1.5 / December 9, 2009; 403872300 ago</td></tr>
Written in Unknown</td></tr>
Operating system S60 for Symbian OS 9.x
Windows Mobile 5 & 6 (Including Touch Versions)</td></tr>
Platform Cross-platform</td></tr>
Size S60 for Symbian OS 9.x installer SIS: 878kB

Windows Mobile 5 & 6 Non-Touch installer CAB: 634kB

Windows Mobile 5 & 6 Touch installer CAB: 679kB</td></tr>
Available in English</td></tr>
Development status Active</td></tr>
Type Mobile browser</td></tr>
License Freeware</td></tr>
Website Skyfire</td></tr>


Skyfire is a mobile web browser for Windows Mobile 5 and 6 and Symbian S60 v3. On May 27, 2009, version 1.0 was released.

It is the first browser software for Windows Mobile which can view Adobe Flash content and streaming video.[citation needed]

In Skyfire, a webpage is fully rendered by a server separate from the mobile device, similar to the operation of a thin client. This approach is also used by Opera Mini, and is usually faster and supports better rendering techniques, however the browser fails to load simple web pages, such as the mobile version of facebook. [1]


How it works

Skyfire is a web browser which operates by rendering requested web pages on a server using the Gecko rendering engine[2] before sending the rendered output to the browser. The output is sent as images annotated with interactive items such as links and text-fields.

Consequently, the browser is able to use features from a fully-featured desktop web browser without the need to have a powerful mobile device. Features such as Adobe Flash, Silverlight and QuickTime are usable without additional plug-ins on the device, and can be easily updated server-side without the need to update the client. [3]

Supported devices and platforms

Supported Screen Resolutions (pixels) 240 x 240 320 x 320 320 x 240 (QVGA) 400 x 240 (WQVGA) 640 x 480 (VGA) 800 x 480 (WQVGA)

Windows Mobile phones

AT&T (Cingular) 8525 HTC Touch Pro Palm Treo 800w Samsung SGH-i780 HTC Diamond HTC TyTN II Palm Treo Pro Samsung SGH-i907 Epix HTC Diamond II HTC Vox Palm Treo Pro 850 Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 HTC Fuze LG Incite Pantech Duo Sprint Touch HTC S720 Motorola Q9 Global Pantech Verizon PN-820 T-Mobile Dash HTC S730 Motorola Q9C Samsung i910 Omnia T-Mobile SDA HTC Touch Motorola Q9m Samsung SCH-i760 T-Mobile Shadow HTC Touch Dual Palm Treo 700wx Samsung SGH-i1671 BlackJackII Verizon SMT5800 HTC Touch HD Palm Treo 750 Samsung SGH-i607 BlackJack I Verizon XV6800 HTC Touch Pro II HTC Imagio ATT/HTC Pure Samsung Omnia II

Nokia/Symbian phones

3rd edition phones: E-series 51, 55, 61, 61i, 62, 63, 66, 71, 71x N-series 71, 73, 76, 78, 81, 85, 95, 96 5th edition: 5230, 5320, 5530, 5800, N97, N97 mini


For a complete list of devices visit the support site


  • 2008 Read Write Web's one of six must have applications for Windows Mobile
  • 2008 Laptop Magazine's Mobile Maverick Award
  • 2009 Webby People's Voice Award for Best Mobile Application


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