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Skyfire's Blackberry Browser kicked to the curb in favor of Android
Back in August 2009 we found out that Skyfire’s alpha browser for BlackBerry smartphones was updated to version 3.5. Since then we haven’t heard much from them until now, and it’s not good news. Here’s what Skyfire had to say about the lack of development for their BlackBerry browser:
- We see Android as a fast-rising ecosystem, with a rich, totally open developer environment, a healthy app market and a healthy advertising and search ecosystem. The Android OS has a tremendous amount of interest from handset makers and carriers, and also has a strong need for making the explosion of video more network optimized (Skyfire’s wheelhouse).
- The Blackberry developer environment is not as favorable for cutting-edge application development. The APIs are fragmented and inconsistent, and the Java virtual machine Blackberry requires is not efficient. While Blackberry users are desperate for a better browser – we know, and we hear them – we only want to bring out something that meets our high standards and is truly great.
- The timing makes sense to return to Blackberry in the future. Blackberry has pledged to improve their developer environment in their 6.0 OS coming at the end of this year, and we can’t wait to see it. Blackberry has said at that time they will introduce a webkit browser with server-side assist on html and text, developed based on their acquisition of Torch Mobile. We understand it will be a long way from able to handle native Flash 10.1 and similar rich media plug-ins, and we think we can build on that webkit engine and add cloud-based new features around it.
Harsh! They just opened up the Android alpha program and a week later decided to put their BlackBerry browser development on hold. I wonder if they know RIM released new Java and Web development tools. The BlackBerry platform may not be the easiest to program for but that doesn’t mean developers should give up just because there’s an easier, supposedly quickly rising alternative platform.
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Not surprising - I've been following this (lack of) development for a long time and there was never much hope offered by the developers for the development of the Skyfire browser for Blackberry. Maybe it's a lack of resources to commit to it or maybe they just don't see the future in it. Too bad IMO too.
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