Skyfire Reaches 1 Million Users, New Version to Support More Handsets



Not many apps can attest to reaching the 1 million mark on Android, but Skyfire has just broken that mark putting the mobile browser in the top 0.2 percent of of all apps in the Android Market. Put that number in perspective: 99.8 percent of Android apps have less users than Skyfire. As you probably recall, Skyfire was the first mobile browser to provide a workaround for viewing Flash content before Adobe officially released their viewer for Android, and it still does so for the many users who are yet to receive an update to Froyo.

Along with racking up scores of users, the folks at Skyfire have been busy polishing up the app for accessibility on even more devices. The latest version brings compatibility to Samsung Galaxy S phones including the Samsung Epic 4G, the Motorola Droid X and Droid 2, and the HTC Incredible and EVO 4G. You can snatch up the latest edition (version 2.3.2) over at free of charge.

Skyfire Notches One Million Downloads of its Android Mobile Browser with New Compatibility for Samsung Galaxy, Motorola Droid X, Droid 2 and HTC EVO 4G Handsets

Browser built for the social media generation quickly becomes one of the most popular apps on the Android Platform

Mountain View, Calif. – September 14, 2010 –Android users want the best of the Internet, which means all their favorite websites and videos. This is why now over one million consumers have downloaded mobile browser Skyfire that optimizes Flash video content and brings it to Android devices worldwide. Today Skyfire announces that it has become one of the most popular Android apps, placing it in the top .02 percent of all products in the Android Marketplace.
Additionally the company announces expanded availability to newer Android devices. . Now the browser works on popular Android devices such as the Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Epic, Motorola Droid X and Droid 2, HTC Incredible and EVO 4G. Skyfire works alongside the latest Android 2.2 update to ensure Flash video is always just a click away, regardless of network connectivity. For those with devices that do not have the Android 2.2 update (2.1 and below), Skyfire opens the door to millions of previously inaccessible Flash videos.
Skyfire for Android took mobile browsing to a new level with the addition of the SkyBar™, a cloud-enabled toolbar that lets users enjoy millions of videos previously unavailable on mobile, discover the latest buzz on any topic they browse, and easily share content to their social networks. The company has since released several updates that make the browser faster, smarter and data optimized.
Skyfire’s advanced cloud computing technology not only enables the features above, but also reduces mobile video data consumption by an average of 75 percent. According to a recent Cisco study, mobile video streaming is expected to increase by over 6000 percent by 2012. As consumers gain an optimized video streaming experience on mobile with Skyfire, mobile carriers are presented an opportunity to offload the impending mobile video data burden causing dropped calls and poor reception and clogged bandwith in major metropolitan areas.
Skyfire (2.3.2) for Android is available for download worldwide for free at

About Skyfire:

Skyfire is the creator of the Skyfire mobile browser, and has a mission to enable the “full internet” including rich media on mobile phones. The browser won the Best Mobile Application-People’s Voice at the 2009 Webby Awards and was named a Top App of 2009 by the New York Times’ Gadgetwise. Skyfire is based in Mountain View, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley. For more information, visit, or follow Skyfire on Twitter

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  1. so what apps have more users than skyfire? i’ll assume Facebook and maybe google maps if that counts?

  2. they might have 1 million downloads, but i would venture to guess they have 900,000 uninstalls. where is that statistic?! their claims to quicker video, etc., are just false. crashy and laggiest browser ever. thanks for posting a press release though. great journalism!! (no, i don’t work for dolphin or any other company that makes mobile browsers, lol).

  3. Xjestersdeadx

    You are wrong. Skyfire is pretty stable and works well with many sites, including the Daily Show & Colbert Report, CNN, Fox, etc.. Sure, they have problems with some sites, but they provide an easy mechanism for letting them know which ones are buggy or not working properly and are pretty good at addressing these complaints.

  4. I agree 100%. I install and unistall this app twice. I tought new version would be better but they had same problems that I had 6 months ago. So this browser even worse than the default browser. Using Opera and very happy with it.

  5. Skyfire is one of the best mobile browsers out there. Once told, it hardly ever displays any mobile pages, loads pretty fast and can play videos from different sites, including Fox, CNN, Comedy Central etc. I’ve tried on these and it just works. The caveat is that it works better over Wi-fi than it does over 3G, but even then, compared to even Android 2.2. flash it can process video faster and using less data.

  6. I agree, the browser is slow, sluggish, and it is not stable. I would just stuck with the chrome port that comes stock with Android. I know that Flash is out there for 2.2 and since I’m in Canada I won’t see it for a really long time, but whatever. I would rather just use a work around my own way than use skyfire.

  7. I had the same problems when they released the Froyo compatible version, but the latest update has Totally cleaned it up for me! It works very well for me now on my Droid.

  8. This isn’t working on my DX… uninstalled :(

  9. I have Shyfire on my Samsung Omnia which runs Windows mobile 6.1 so I’m still on Skyfire version 1.5 but it works ok. I use skyfire when I want to watch video because it is the only browser I can get for my phone that will play flash content. Skyfire is nowhere near as well designed as Opera version 10. So in my case it’s Skyfire for flash content and Opera 10 for everything else, when I get an android phone I think I will continue to use Opera hopefully Adobe Flash is working by then.

  10. I suppose this begs the question -> what is the best Android browser? Stock, Dolphin? Skyfire? Opera? Fennec?

  11. I’d like to see a pros/cons type article comparing the different browsers, too, Steve. This article begs that question.

  12. Use Skyfire for multi-media browsing, but do not use it for secure browsing, as the Skyfire servers decrypt the SSL contents and re-encrypt them to your phone, like a man-in-the-middle type of situation.

    Skyfire is like Opera Mini in this regard.

  13. Count me as an install/uninstall. If you are gonna make a browser, don’t release it with quirks that don’t exist in other browsers. Its not worth the “extra” flash part of it. Its like, “hey, this browser can play *some* flash content. Great hey? Oh by the way, that’s the good news. Bad news is that they good news was the only good part of the product”

  14. Skyfire is awesome! It’s quick, stable, and I like how videos pop up. I’ve been using it on my Incredible and its been great. My only issues now is after the Froyo update, it doesn’t save passwords anymore and I can’t download anything anymore. The developers said that they are working on a fix so no worries.

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