Skyfire receives $5 million in funding to grow BlackBerry platform and more

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Skyfire has announced they have received $5 million in funding. The funds will top off their Series B from existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Matrix Partners and Trinity Ventures. The company will use the funds to support new smartphone platforms beyond Windows Mobile, Symbian and BlackBerry, as well as utilizing their unique technology for solutions beyond the browser.

It’s not obvious yet how RIM’s acquisition of Torch Mobile and their plans to update the browser will affect third party browsers such as Opera Mini and Skyfire. It’s possible that once RIM updates their browser, there will no longer be a need for third party browsers, as the experience would be adequate for the general user. On the other hand, third party browsers have been innovating in the space and there is something to be said for being the first to market. There may always be a need for third party browsers to deliver a browsing experience better than that of the native browser.

  • mca5516
    9 9 09

    On the Q9c skyfire has really improved that browser and it has flash and secure purchasing.
    But one could not fill out a web form like www.whitehouse.com and then select your text copy and save what you wrote.

    Their flash and ajax playback is fantastic. Once Skyfire allows saving what we type on online forms. It will be one of the best.

    On the 9630 the browser has the select text & save feature so it is best for online web forms.

    Either Skyfire or these new BB browsers both are fantastic quick software. I hope they can come together at times to share their best innovations and keep up the speed & flow of their phenominal contributions modern telecommunication. Mca5516
  • laollis
    When will it be available? That's all I want to know.
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