Skyfire, perhaps best known for bringing Adobe Flash to iOS devices, has been purchased by Opera. While Skyfire lovers may worry about the acquisition, not to worry. Opera promises that the two browsers will remain separate, even though Skyfire is now completely owned by Opera.
This is interesting news, considering just a month ago it was announced that Opera would be bringing its new web-kit based browser, Opera Ice, to iOS devices in the near future. The release from Opera states that Skyfire was acquired for its technologies used in the browser. Here’s an excerpt from Opera’s release:
Skyfire, headquartered in Mountain View, California, is known for its Rocket Optimizer™ software. This allows mobile operators to leverage cloud computing to optimize virtually any video and other multimedia on crowded cell towers, including 3G and 4G LTE networks. Rocket Optimizer on average provides mobile networks a 60 percent boost in capacity by reducing the size of video and other multimedia content as needed to fit the available bandwidth.
Opera also notes that Skyfire’s Horizon technology is important to the future of mobile browsing as well.
Skyfire also offers Skyfire Horizon™, a mobile browser extension and toolbar platform that allows users to personalize their smartphone browser and operators to gain new monetization opportunities.
For any current Opera or Skyfire users out there, are you excited about this acquisition? For other browser users, does this influence you to switch to one of these browsers (or possibly Opera Ice)? Let us know in the comments!