Skyfire Consolidation

Its been a while since my last blog entry, unfortunately due to illness I haven’t felt like posting for the past few months and my efforts whilst well have been focussed on real-life stuff.

Anyway, now that I am starting to catch up with things, I thought I post a sort of update to the Skyfire browser entry I made some months ago, as there has been quite an important change in their availability policy, which is in effect now.

Since the 1st of July, the proxy-based SKyfire browser v1.0 and 1.5 for WIndows mobile and Symbian, has been closed down in most parts of the world, except for the Americas and Western Europe.

Upshot is that Skyfire is no longer available for these users due to a refocussing of the companys direction and support for mobile operating systems. Skyfire 2.0 is the platform they are moving to, with focus on Android and iPhone over the next year.

Though Symbian 1.5 is still available, I’m a little concerned about future support as Skyfire is the only mobile phone web browser that can access websites that others such as Opera, can’t. For example, flash-based content, sites that have real-time live updates such as webcams or sites that show the current position of the ISS (International Space Station).

Not the end of the world if the service was closed down, but I have used Skyfire to check the position of the ISS prior to a pass overhead, so in my eyes its a useful Astronomy tool.

The full statement is available on Skyfires blog:-


2 thoughts on “Skyfire Consolidation

    • Skyfire is a Symbian web browser that can be used to access websites such as the one you mention, or others to see what the current position is of the ISS. It isn’t a ISS-locating tool.

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