Apr 29 AT 11:56 AM Taylor Wimberly 22 Comments

Skyfire 2.0 opens up a world of Flash video for Android

After a short alpha testing period, Skyfire 2.0 is now available in the Android Market as a public beta. This alternative browser is unique because it offers the ability to play some Flash videos (sorry, no Hulu). Cool features include the SkyBar which automatically detects video, searches for recommendations, and allows you to easily share content with your friends.

Grab the beta now and check out your favorite site with Flash video. Skyfire already plays millions of videos and it is learning new sites every day.

Highlights of Skyfire 2.0 beta include:

  • VIDEO: magically offers up videos that appear as broken links on all other mobile browsers, enabling Flash video to play quickly and smoothly.
  • EXPLORE: reads your mind and presents smart recommendations for related media content from sources such as YouTube, Twitter, Google, Digg and more.
  • SHARE: makes browsing social, with one-click share features to help you get the word out.
  • Supports Flash web video with patent-pending adaptive streaming technology for smooth playback
  • Pinch to zoom (on Android 2.0 and above)
  • Multi-tab browsing – open up to eight windows and browse simultaneously using visual tabs
  • Choose to load full desktop webpages or mobile optimized versions
  • Clear session history easily upon exit to maintain anonymous browsing

Source: Skyfire

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  • http://Website Paul Hasna

    Just tried it doesn’t work. No videos popup or play even when clicking on them. Maybe it’s cause I’m on a Cyanogen rom

  • http://Website confucius

    From the demo videos, I find the full-time address & navigation bar annoying. Smartphones already have small screens and these just take up even more space. Wish they were only temporary, like the zoom buttons appear only when one touches & drags the screen. It should disappear automatically after a second or two.

    • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

      You can relax. It disappears until you hit menu.

  • http://Website Chris

    Tested it with wimp.com, one of my favourite video sites, and it works great!

    I really hope they can turn this into an add-on for Fennec though, then it would be perfect.

  • http://Website Steve HymanSteveh

    Just tried it with cnn and while not fast while doing the sever side recompiling it is satisfactory.

  • http://Website Andrew conti

    works great on my n1! Gametrailers in full glory, fast as hell to

  • http://Website nick

    i tried it wit espn and it worked fine!!! it hasnt learned every site yet so be patient.. i think its a good start, even though froyo will make it obsolete in a few weeks!

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

    Ok, is there a trick to getting it to recognize video? It worked twice, but now the video thing doesn’t pop up anymore, even when I KNOW there are videos on a site.

  • http://Website mino

    it only convert flash video trought skyfire server to internal player on most famous web pages, but on czech or slovak pages don´t work(skyfire server need know page or register it)

    it don´t have flash

    i thing it want go to appstore

  • http://Website Brett

    amazing. watching nhl.com highlights on my nexus one.

  • http://Website Guy Bailey

    Working on my N1 now – tried bbc.co.uk and guardian.co.uk – this is the best browser out here now. Have deleted Dolphin and once Froyo comes out, this will be immense.

  • http://Website kevin

    works well…some sites don’t play. but be patient as this is beta and they will add more sites. also funny thing is it let me get the latest version of adobe flash player which I downloaded its 10.0 so its on my droid and not I can go to ABC.com and watch sneek peeks of V episodes finally!!! this is awesome. however I tried to watch a full episode and it won’t let me saying error code not able to watch at this time try later! :(

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  • http://Website kenneth

    I have a danish x10 and i cant find it in market. Is there any android version requirement?

  • stalker

    One thing I like about skyfire is that its only 1.5 MB of apk file. Not like fennect. Also it occupies very less memory than fennec on phone.

  • http://google Brad

    This is new to me. How do you find stuff to watch?

  • http://Website quinn

    Can you get rid of the preset bookmarks on the homepage? I want to set my own like with Opera’s speed dial.

  • stalker

    I have installed skyfire. Its so fast. I like the video streaming feature. And yeah it only occupy 4MB of internal memory.

  • http://Website reddragon72

    Who cares about this browser?!?!?! native flash is coming so why even mess with it! Skyfire is to little to buggy to late.

  • http://Website matthew

    it restart my phone when i tried to play a youtube video. im using a rooted 2.1 samsung moment though.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/21057976@N06/ darelo

    Yesss !! Thanks skyfire for fast response on this lack of video browser … almost a disease thing —AND ITS SKYFIRE TO THE RESCUE— . Since this is still in beta , so there will be some behavior that may annoy some non-techy users who doen’t have idea, forgetting the main reason why it’s on beta. but anyways thanks again skyfire programmers for filling the GAP/


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