Why SkyFire Still Doesn’t do VGA
As you know by now, SkyFire is up and running with the full public beta – so everyone can get a copy for their WinMo device. I thought it’d be neat to compare the Opera Mobile experience with that of SkyFire on the Touch Pro, but unfortunately, SkyFire doesn’t yet support resolutions greater than QVGA.
I just got off the phone with the CMO of SkyFire, Adam Sexton. To start, he says that VGA support is coming. It seems that a bigger priority for the company is launching the product across multiple platforms (and since they already have WinMo and Symbian, Android and BlackBerry are left). After they do that, they’ll go back and make updates to platform-specific versions of SkyFire. Meaning, it could be a while before we have VGA support for Windows Mobile, unfortunately.
Adam compares SkyFire to Opera Mini, because they both do the rendering of the webpage server-side, not client-side (unlike Opera Mobile and Pocket Internet Explorer). This allows SkyFire to make changes to the files it can support without the client software needing to be updated. For example, before the Olympics, SkyFire added Silverlight support to its servers, so that people using the browser could view NBC’s Silverlight-heavy website on their mobile device. Pretty neat.