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 robustand faster browsing experience.
Updates for the touch version (S60 v5):
Finger friendly UI: A new finger friendly UI for high resolution touchscreendevices for easier browsing experience.
Smooth Scrolling: Kinetic scrolling: Pan or flick the screen to move in any direction smoothly.
Full screen mode
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 Miniclip.com! 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 get.skyfire.com now
Are you a regular visitor of the mobile Youtube site? If you do, you should have noticed the slight facelift and improved feature on the site starting yesterday.
According to them, more and more people are now accesing Youtube using mobile phones and they want to make sure that users get the best possible Youtube experience on the mobile browser.
Users can now sign in to their accounts (finally!!!!) and explore their subscriptions, friends activites and more.
The mobile site is now smart enough to know what phone you are using and the layout will be rendered to fit the screen. It is designed for users to access YouTube on smartphones with capable browsers; phones like the iPhone, G1, Palm Pre and Symbian.
See how nicely the mobile site fits on the N96 and also the N97 screen.
Check it out now, point your phone browsers to Youtube.com and you will be directed to the new mobile site.
I was browsing through Ovi Store last night to see if there are anything worth downloading and I found Vtap.
It claims to be the one app that finds all sorts of videos from various sources like Myspace, NYTimes, Youtube, TED, Megavideo, Gametrailers and etc and organise them so that your can watch any videos from your phone itself.
I have tried it before this, on the 5800… it was working well and now I am installing it on the N97. Since youtube does not have a proper native s60 app, this might actually be a good alternative.
Upon launching the app, it will try to load the list of recently featured videos by vtap and list them on the main screen. We can actually set for it to show videos of different quality; low, medium and high. It works on Wifi connection too.
The search results will appear as we type our query and finally they will be shortlisted to match your keyword. Simply tap on each result for detials on the particular video and options to share/tag/favourite them. Clicking play will load the video and we can view it fullscreen by just clicking on the expand button.
Vtap works with most phones that supports video streaming. One can also use vtap to watch videos by just going to the mobile site at http://m.vtap.com/
I attended a dinner-discussion kinda thing about the new Nokia N-gage last night.
Keith Liu, the head of Games and Internet Experiences in Asia Pacific was there to brief us on what’s new and what’s great about the gaming platform.
He even showed us some future N-gage games like Brothers in Arms, Reset Generation and Crash Bandicoot… not forgetting the one which was just launched hours before the dinner, Snakes Subsonic.
We then got to try out the new games on the N95 8gb, N81, N78 and the great N96.
Here are 2 videos of me trying out the games.
Brothers in Arms
If you are using N95, N95 8gb, N82, N81, N81 8gb, head on to http://www.n-gage.com to download the latest N-gage application and then download the games, and then add me in your friends list so we can BATTLE! lol
Access millions of YouTube videos at any time right from your mobile phone. This downloadable application puts YouTube in your pocket.
Yes. Youtube has finally came out with the app for Symbian phones.
I have installed it and has been using it since…. ahahah
The interface is in black. Totally opposite of what you normally see using your PC browser… but hey… its cool.
It has most of the features from the web version and the transition of video previews is very nicely done.
One thing I dont like about it is that even though it is able to use wifi to search videos, preview videos and the rest of the other stuff… but it will switch to your GPRS/Edge/3g connection whenver you start to play a video… so make sure u have unlimited data package subscribed. lol