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Categories: Apps, Touchscreen

Bored of the default browser on your S60 touch/non touch devices?

Check out Skyfire! Their latest version, v1.5 was just released recently and it’s free!

Updates for the non touch version (S60 v3):

  • Smooth Scrolling: Scroll operations more fluid.
  • Updated user interface
  • Performance tweaks: More robust and faster browsing experience.

Updates for the touch version (S60 v5):

  • Finger friendly UI: A new finger friendly UI for high resolution touchscreen devices for easier browsing experience.
  • Smooth Scrolling: Kinetic scrolling: Pan or flick the screen to move in any direction smoothly.
  • Full screen mode
  • Auto-Rotate

I was testing it on my Nokia X6 and there are some things that I really like about Skyfire. First of all, it allows us to customize our start screen to fit in feeds from Facebook, Twitter, or any other RSS enabled sites. Check out the screenshots above. (Left) Activating Twitter. (Right) Back to start screen with Twitter feeds enabled.

I like how the bookmarks screen looks. We can categorize our bookmarks into different tabs just like the browsers on our computer.

A reason why you should consider this browser over other 3rd party browsers like Opera is that Skyfire supports Flash! Not only it plays videos on Youtube, I even played flash games on! Amazing… but one ting though… the audio from the Flash files are very jerky.

The kinetic scrolling works very well. I also notice how the browser tries to enlarge the fonts of the websites when in ‘zoom out’ mode (refer to screenshot above).

I think Skyfire has done a great job with v1.5 and some minor fixes need to be done as soon as possible. It’s free anyway so why not download Skyfire by pointing your phone browser to now :D

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