Skyfire has rolled out a new version of the company’s mobile web browser for iOS. Skyfire 2.1 is now available for download from the App Store, and includes a number of changes, including:

  • The Twitter Quickview allows you to look at your Twitter stream while browsing.
  • There’s now support for sharing pages to Twitter, Google Reader, Instapaper, Pinboard, Read It Later, and Tumblr as well as email and Facebook.
  • You can long-press on a link to open the page in a new browser tab.

The key feature that sets Skyfire apart from mobile Safari is that Skyfire kind of, sort of supports Adobe Flash video. Or rather, Skyfire uses remote servers to convert Flash to HTML5 which can be streamed to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad so you can view videos from some sites that normally only offer Flash. Not all sites work, and Flash video games are not supported.

Skyfire says version 2.1 also features better cookie support, easier switching between desktop and mobile modes, and support for web video sites that require login information.

Skyfire 2.1 is also available in more countries. In addition to the US and Canada, users in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and new Zealand can also download the app. Skyfire says support for additional countries is on the way.

Skyfire 2.1 is available for $2.99 from the App Store.

Brad Linder

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