Following last week’s approval of Opera Mini into the App Store, the Skyfire team is now looking to bring their mobile web browser to Apple. Posted on their company blog, CEO Jeff Glueck congratulated the Opera team and teased at upcoming support for ‘iDevices’.
Skyfire, similar to Opera Mini, renders all web content through a remote server running the Gecko engine and presents it to users on their mobile device. Users can consequently view Flash, Silverlight, and Quicktime content on the web without needing the respective plugins or a powerful device.
With yesterday’s news that Apple has approved OperaMini as a browser in the iPhone app store, competition in the mobile browser space took a big step forward.
Everyone at Skyfire was heartened by this decision by Apple, to open up their platform and believe this sets a solid precedent for additional innovation in mobile browsing from other companies.
Skyfire believes this approval is a solid first step and there’s still major consumer demand for great rich media and video browsing on these devices. Our philosophy is that enhanced speed AND all the rich media of the web can be together in one browser.
The Skyfire team has been watching the Opera submission and the iPhone/iPad market closely, and this will certainly accelerate our strategy on iDevices. Nothing to announce now, but stay tuned for news. If you want to stay updated, please follow Skyfire on Facebook or Twitter and be the first to hear.
Congrats again to Team Apple and Team Opera, you made the consumer the biggest winner this week.
Here’s a demo of Skyfire 1.5 for Symbian S60 devices: