Let's take a quick look at the new Skyfire 2.0 browser for Android, shall we? Full page rendering? Check. Flash video? Check. Bells and whistles? Check and check. Our quick verdict: So long as you're not worried about any privacy concerns regarding proxy browsers, this could easily become your main browser.

Update: Re-recorded the video to fix an error or three.

There are 33 comments

wezra says:

My understanding is that Skyfire has dropped the Blackberry beta and will not develop a browser for the Blackberry platform. Having been on Blackberry for many years I was looking forward to Skyfire, but when I heard that... that was pretty much it for me. Android their I went!

sjcea says:

Tried this on my N1 , not crazy about it and prefer stock web browser . uninstalled

jrodjrxbox says:

giving it a try still new so i will try to givr it the benefit
and i am trying this on a 2.1 version 2 HTC eris

dangerboy13 says:

Also noticed that it carries over my bookmarks from the default web browser.

dangerboy13 says:

It seems like it is syncing with the same database that the default browser syncs with. I created a bookmark in Skyfire and it showed up in the built-in browser.

buya97 says:

is there a double tap feature? didnt feel to work when I tried it on my INC

Simer03 says:

trying it now on my Nexus, i like it! the video playback is a great feature, but once i get the full flash, i will uninstall this!

JONNNathannn says:

Hey, you don't seem to really be understanding how SkyFire for Android works. You said in the video to remember, none of this is actually being rendered on your phone, it's all on servers. That's how OTHER Skyfire browsers work, but not Androids. TechCrunch explained it simply:

"In this release, they’re building on top of WebKit rather than building their own browsing core from the ground up. Unlike all other versions of Skyfire, the page itself doesn’t go through a proxy. Standard content goes straight from the web server to the handset — only things that need to be transcoded go through Skyfire’s proxy."

It's the reason Javascript actually behaves as it should, or text is able to re-wrap to zooming instantly, unlike Opera. Webkit is at work here.

Ah ha ... Indeed, you're right. Hello, Webkit.

dep says:

Droid + Skyfire 2.0 + redtube = Happy me.

Duvi says:

Great video Phil... love that you do videos and you're just trying it out for yourself. I like to see how difficult the startup process can be for whatever it is that's being shown... in this case, SkyFire.

Baudelier says:

Tried it, and was not impressed.

First site I went to was Hulu. I tried to check out the last episode of House. The video button worked but Hulu said Sorry, can't play on your platform. Then I tried CBS.com and tried to hit the last episode of the Amazing Race. The Website said no flash and the Video button did nothing.

Given that those two sites are 95% of my streaming video, If skyfire can't render the video then I have no reason to keep Skyfire.

tealturboser says:

Yeah same here, nothing works on Hulu

MowDownJoe says:

Hulu doesn't want you looking at Hulu on anything except your computer. Ask PS3 owners. They had Flash in their system's web browser. Soon enough, Hulu said "NO!" and blocked PS3 owners from viewing Hulu.
So don't poo-poo this just because it can't view Hulu... you'll be lucky to find something that can.

Check out TV.com in the market. TV.com is CBS's app in the marketplace.

Skyfire isn't going to provide 100% of web content on it's own...it's just another tool in our attempt to get 100% of web content.

I'm loving it

cpolism says:

Does anyone know how to get that calendar list view that he had on the home screen at the very beginning of the video? I've been looking for something like that for forever. Not just having the calendar there, but how it breaks down the events over the next 3 days. Thanks for the help!

kmatheny says:

Search the Market for, "Pure Calendar widget"

cpolism says:

got it! Thanks

Thermalx says:

Another good one is CalWidget and it's free.

MowDownJoe says:

I use Android Agenda Widget, and it's pretty damn nice.

spork27 says:

If you have Hoccer installed SkyFire is smart enough to actually include it as a 'Share' option.

hotkoko says:

dont like it. Too choppy and slow. Freezes up on me to. Uninstalled

MOE-GUNZ says:


Can't wait to try out all the cool stuff on Android (Hurry EVO)

m2dnb says:

Phil, how are you able to show your battery percentage in the battery level indicator in the notification window at the top. How do you manage it?

gbhil#AC says:

Phil must have missed this.
It's CyanogenMod, a setting in spare parts

jms67 says:

A little choppy but at least multitouch actually works on this browser. I can't stand that websites don't autoformat when I pinch to zoom but work fine with double tap.

webwevers says:

I tried it on my Sprint Hero factory defaults, 1.5 version and it kept crashing, also the pinch to zoom did not work. It ran very slow compared with the stock web browser, I thought it might help opening pages up but it took longer. Double tap did not work as well. Unstalled it.

I absolutely love it on my Nexus One. Buggy here and there but I'm knee deep in content I've never had on mobile!!!!!!!!!!

rizzay1 says:

Also tried it on my Sprint hero and I cannot pinch to zoom n its kinda slow. Gonna uninstall..

tf2nice4u says:

Iuse to listen to mixtape streams from datpiff.com with skyfire on my windows samsung omnia..for some reason it won't work on my moto droid

mtbhk44 says:

Very choppy, very slow, very buggy. I understand it's a Beta release and the features that ultimately one would assume are going to work perfectly are very cool, but I absolutely cannot use this browser at the moment. It's light years behind the stock browser in terms of speed and page rendering. I'll keep it on my phone for the updates, but I'm going back to stock for now.

browncoat says:

Don't know if anyone else experienced this but I was unable to use the mobile version of Google Reader. Every time I clicked on an article it pulled up a new page that was titled about and was blank, instead of the article expanding within the original reader page like it does on the stock browser. I even tried toggling the full page/android button. Weird.

bigge2010 says:

doesnt work well at all with my samsung moment. I'll see what happens once i get 2.1 installed