UPDATE: It seems most users are getting a blank checkered screen. I’m guessing Skyfire has shut down access. Sorry guys!
Better hurry folks! The Skyfire browser for BlackBerry has been leaked and is available for download OTA.
One of the downsides of being a site based in Canada is that we often get blocked from leaks requring service access in the US. I have tried this browser on both the TELUS and Rogers network with no success. Any other Canadians want to rule in on this?
According to the @buzzedword (leaked to BBRocks), here are some features you’ll find with the browser:
- Its dominantly web based, the “enter url” function has autocomplete which I’m assuming comes from Skyfire’s servers
- You’re assigned a unique Skyfire ID, and you can create an account on the Skyfire homepage, presumably for bookmark and RSS sync– the homepage has a very Digg-like feel to it
- It appears that the browser has its own independent audio controller because of options in the menu, but i can’t confirm volume buttons, none of my shortcut keys work
- It doesn’t work well with the storm at all but it does install
- Its definitely optimized for trackball, the mouse has a kind of crosshair around it that if you click down will zoom to that portion of the page
- Overall its pretty quick, they render the webpage on their servers and you download what they render
Remember that the browser is in Alpha, so it’s prison rules when it comes to your device. Back everything up and don’t use this software if you aren’t prepared to encounter some bugs.