Skyfire beta launches- no VGA support

Sinking_shipI’m sure I wasn’t the only one who was anxiously awaiting getting their hands on the beta of Skyfire, an innovative server-based browser for Windows Mobile devices.  The folks at Skyfire probably noticed the recent announcements by Opera and Access because I received an email from Skyfire tonight that warned me a text message would be sent to the phone number provided during the beta sign-up process.  Shortly after that a text message appeared on my HTC Advantage which is the phone I used during the sign-up and it included a link to download Skyfire.  I did so and installed Skyfire but it will not run on the Advantage.  It crashes as soon as it tries to run and I suspected it’s probably due to the VGA resolution on the Advantage.  I just went to the Skyfire support web site (which requires a login using credentials supplied during the installation process) and see from the FAQ that Skyfire doesn’t support VGA resolution devices.  This means I can’t run it on the Advantage, the only Windows Mobile device I use, and the FAQ gives no indication that Skyfire will ever support VGA.  Too bad, they are just starting and already behind the competition, all of which can run fine on VGA screens.  Come on Skyfire, what’s up with that?  You want us to believe you are better than Internet Explorer, Opera Mobile and Netfront, all of which can run on VGA screens.  Shame on you for only supporting a maximum resolution of 320×320 according to the FAQ.  Last I checked this is 2008.  Those of you running QVGA devices note that you can only install and run Skyfire on the device attached to the phone number you gave during the beta sign-up.  If you gave a number for a device that is not a supported WIndows Mobile device thinking you could install it on any device you likely can’t get it.


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