Category: Mobile Browsers
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Oh boy, here we go again.
Recently, Opera Software has reported their Q3 2010 financial results.
Revenues continued to increase for the desktop browser, while Internet devices saw a 2% decrease (Q2 vs. Q3).
Opera Mini user base keeps growing while desktop browser lost more users.
With the decreasing popularity of Windows Mobile and Symbian platforms, Skyfire has decided to do some changes for its own eco system.
Starting from December 31, 2010, Skyfire will stop supporting its 1.0 browser for both Windows Mobile and Symbian devices.
What does that mean?
Flash and Silverlight is no more, as its proxy servers will be shut down.
Well, that did not take long.
Yesterday, a new app called Browser+ ($0.99) was included into the Windows Phone marketplace.
Basically, it’s a modified Internet Explorer Mobile shell with the enhanced functionality:
Private (incognito) mode
On the downside, it does not yet support landscape mode.
Might make Opera jealous.
With all the “problems” that plagued Skyfire for the iOS launch, the numbers are in.
According to the MobileCrunch post, a company behind mobile web browser Skyfire has sold more than 300 000 copies for their first weekend.
If we do the math:
300,000++ * $2.99 = ~$900,000
Now, Skyfire will obviously not receive all that cash, as Apple wants their cut as well (30%, if no exclusive deals were made).
That still leaves the company with more than 600,000 USD to spend on candies and chocolate.
As promised last week, Opera Software has released a beta version of Opera Mobile 10.1 for Android.
Just as you expect from Opera Mobile, it includes a dozen of well know features, such as: Speed Dials, Visual Tabs, Opera Turbo, Password Manager and much more.
Incorrect fonts used for some Asian characters (Japanese not working)
Some compatibility issues with some Google services (working with Google on that)
Web fonts disabled
According to the blog post, it far exceeded their initial expectations and was too much for the servers to handle.
When can you expect it to re-appear?
As soon as they increase the capacity of servers. No ETA yet.
Well, what do you know; Apple has just approved the Skyfire mobile browser for the iOS.
According to CNNMoney.com, it shall be available on Thursday and is priced at $2.99.
Is it any good? Well, the main selling point is this: Skyfire has a built in Flash video to HTML5 converter. Therefore, iPhone, iPod or iPad users will be able to enjoy Flash content. However, don’t get to excited as it won’t convert games or other non-video related content.