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Skyfire for Android

By Skyfire Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Dec 9, 2012

Though Web sites are more mobile-friendly than ever, some folks still want the full computer experience on their phones and tablets. Skyfire Browser offers all of that with a customizable toolbar on the top and bottom of all of your Web pages. Sadly, it doesn't give you any extra speed over the default Android browser and the toolbars take up too much screen space.

Skyfire seems like it's better built for tablets than it is for smartphones. If you use it on a 4-inch-or-less Android gadget, the toolbars are just in the way. They take up too much of the page, which means repeated scrolling to read articles. Pages just won't look like they're supposed to, more often than not. Luckily, the toolbars go away for a full-screen experience when you start scrolling. When they're on the page, the extra features do make browsing faster. You can go to Facebook, Twitter, or several other sites without having to launch a second app. Sadly, that's the only way the browser increases your surfing speed. Pages just don't seem to load any more quickly than they would in Android's default browser. That means other downloads tend to blow Skyfire out of the water.

Just like on your computer, it pays to download a different browser than what comes standard. However, with so many options like Dolphin, Opera, and Chrome to choose from, Skyfire just doesn't do much to stand out. Tablet owners will like the added features, but these may cause more trouble than they're worth on smartphones.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.1

version 4.1 improved memory management for feature bubbles, feature bubbles now have a 12 hour content refresh timeline, and includes bug fixes.

General

Release June 30, 2011
Date Added June 30, 2011
Version 4.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements Android 2.0

Popularity

Total Downloads 33,046
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Skyfire Browser makes your mobile internet experience richer, smarter, and more fun. Enjoy Flash video content, view mobile or desktop versions of websites, intelligent related media recommendations, share instantly with your friends, and innovative toolbar UI for easy and fast access smarter browsing experience. Skyfire for Android is a new approach to provide a rich internet media experience for mobile devices. It combines the best aspects of rich client interactivity with the power of server assisted support for functions such as Video and Context that highly benefit from server side optimization and connectivity to services on the internet.

Skyfire for Android differentiates itself through an experience that includes SkyBar, video, explore, and share. In addition Skyfire provides an advanced Browser for Android.