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    New Skyfire Beta Released to Beta Testers


    Looks like Bla1ze over at crackberry.com got his hands on the New Skyfire Beta Release.

    Here is the changelog info that he posted:

    Some of the features we did add:

    * New Keyboard Shortcuts:
    We mapped the keyboard shortcuts to be similar to the ones in the native BlackBerry browser to offer a more familiar user experience.

    * Switch to Skyfire:
    Once Skyfire is installed, you’ll see a "Switch to Skyfire" option show up in the options menu of the original Blackberry browser. We added this feature to help when users click on links in email and SMS and end up launching the native browser instead of Skyfire or when you navigate to a web site that is better viewed in Skyfire.

    * Text Entry in Thumbnail view:
    You now don’t have to zoom-in to enter text. We resolved that issue and now enter text directly in the thumbnail view of pages.

    * Contextual zoom with camera corners:
    Similar to the other Skyfire platforms, we now support contextual zoom. Thus we detect areas of interest (say articles or images) and allow you to zoom-in to areas easily by fitting the area of interest to the screen imensions.

    * Faster zooming:
    You'll see a great improvement in your ability to zoom. Unlike Alpha 2, the page displays text at all zoom levels, without any redrawing of the screen. Less checkerboards.

    Know Bugs In The Latest Build:
    * You cannot connect to Skyfire: We still have limited capacity for this Alpha. Thus if enough testers are already browsing at the moment, you might not be able to connect. Simply try again in a few minutes. This is a good reminder as well to NOT share this alpha with anyone (as per NDA), since this would limit capacity even further. The next release will address this.

    * General hiccups when entering and exiting streaming mode, including: "An error occurred while playing media" error message when flash object is detected and "streaming" mode activated.

    * Slow performance on 2.5G networks: We are still optimizing. You will get the best experience on 3G or WiFi networks for now.

    * Error Messages: "An error occurred while playing media" error message in streaming mode.

    * Volume Control bug: Sometimes you cannot control volume while in stream mode. This is a known BlackBerry bug.

    * Refresh And Rendering Options: Stale tiles from the previously visited pages show up when scrolling up or down. We’re working on fixes to reduce checkerboards.


    *A big thanks to Bla1ze for posting this info!!*

    I personally can't wait for this. The "Switch to Skyfire" option sounds great, don't we wish Opera Mini had this option?

    What do you guy think of this?!




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    Weres the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RANDYRKELLY View Post
    Weres the link.
    it has been released to their selected beta testers, unfortunately it is not an open beta

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    Nice find Laney :35:

    Man I am dying to get my hands on this app, I love the option they just added to switch to skyfire. Sounds so dang sexy :crazy:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan View Post
    Nice find Laney :35:

    Man I am dying to get my hands on this app, I love the option they just added to switch to skyfire. Sounds so dang sexy :crazy:
    thanks bryan

    i agree with you! they need to get all the bugs worked out and get this gem out of beta already!!! :17:

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    Great find Laney! I can't wait

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    Nice post, this is by far my favorite browser. Can you imagine having Flash. I am drooling.

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    This browser is a damm good, flash support make this one great, I can't wait to get it.

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