Skyfire closing up shop in some areas

Skyfire has announced that they will be scaling back operations and development beginning July 1, 2010.

The decision appears to be the result of demand out pacing resources. Skyfire users have grown 400% in the past year and Skyfire has been approached by several vendors and wireless providers to become default browsers for their handsets.

The scale down will call for a stop for all future development on Skyfire 1.0 (only used on Windows Phones and Symbian phones) architecture and focus on Skyfire 2.0 as the flagship product. Additionally, Skyfire 1.x will no longer be supported outside of North America and Western Europe.  Skyfire 1.0 and 1.5 will remain available as a free service in the following countries after July 1st: United States, U.K., Canada, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Korea and Taiwan.

Jeff Glueck, CEO of Skyfire, stated, "We know this decision is an inconvenience to many Skyfire 1.5 users in emerging markets, and while it’s a free service, we appreciate how important and valuable Skyfire has become to people. We have read the many impassioned messages from users in affected countries, and the choice to focus on our flagship product does involve trade-offs which are never easy."  Skyfire will move forward with continued development for Android phones, submit a version to the iPhone App Store and hopefully have a product available for the Windows Phone 7.

You can find the full announcement here.

[via: phonescoop.com]




Reader comments

Skyfire closing up shop in some areas


At least i can still use it since i live in the USA. I think its terrible they will be scaling back and i really hope they will develop 2.o for the Windows Mobile platform as well as a version for Windows Phone 7.

I really like the browser a lot and i think it blows every browser out of the sky.

It does do video well on the EVO, so I'm glad it is remaining for the Android platform. Too bad that they can't continue operations everywhere. I've always wondered how Opera has done it for so many years, and to be on so many varied platforms.

Skyfire has a whole side of infrastructure that they have to maintain thou, so it's nice they lasted this long as dispersed as their operations are.

I can understand completely the move they are making. They have to maximize their funding...

short comment from Indonesian user: it's painfull being abandoned by my favourite browser :(