Skyfire browser on Symbian S60 in beta

“Skyfire, which aims to give a PC-like browsing experience on your phone, is now available as a limited access beta for S60. Skyfire uses compression and a proxy-based technology to deliver full featured (Flash 9, Quicktime, Java, AJAX) web pages to phones. Their aim is to deliver exactly the same page to your phone that you would see on your PC. We’ve got 100 instant access beta invitations to give away for our US readers. Read on for more details.Skyfire works by having a proxy server sit between your browsing and the Internet. When you load a web page you send a request to Skyfire servers. Skyfire uses their proprietary technology, part of which is built on top of Mozilla’s Firefox, to load the requested page and then sends it to your phone in a compressed Skyfire format. The Skyfire client running on the phone interprets this format and shows you the web page. A crucial extra compared to other proxy based browsers (e.g. Opera Mini) is the ability to fully interact with a page (e.g. AJAX functions, as used by many Web 2.0 sites).Skyfire’s technology works by running a heavily customised version of Firefox on the Skyfire server which does your browsing for you. Once it has accessed a page, the Skyfire server sends a version of the page to the Skyfire application running on your phone. The server does most of the hard (and resource intensive) work, leaving your phone to do basic rendering, which makes for faster browsing. And because the browser copy running on the server is on a PC it is able to handle almost any web page including those that use technologies like Flash, Java, Quicktime or AJAX. These are areas where traditional mobile browsers are weak. Moreover, the pages will look the same as they do on a PC because effectively you are using a PC browser.” Read more here:

LG to incorporate Dolby Mobile in its high end handsets

LG and Dolby Laboratories announced that LG would be the first handset maker to incorporate Dolby Mobile technology into its handsets.Announced during this year’s Mobile World Congress, Dolby Mobile is an optimized-for-mobile audio processing technology platform designed to “deliver rich, vibrant audio and dramatically improve listening enjoyment.”Some of the Dolby Mobile features that LG plans to incorporate into its phones include:

  • Mobile Surround, which delivers a realistic surround sound experience using headphones
  • Sound Space Expander – creates a wide, rich and spacious soundstage experience especially suited to music playback
  • Natural Bass – adds powerful boost and bass extension
  • High Frequency Enhancer – enhances music and other content by restoring high-frequency effects
  • Graphic EQ – helps tune the audio experience for different content types
  • Sound Level Control – helps level out audio for a more consistent playback volume
  • Mono-to-Stereo Converter, which improves the playback experience of user-generated content

LG will be launching high-end multimedia phones that incorporate Dolby Mobile technology starting from Q4 2008.” via

S60 & Windows Mobile Gets Google Maps for mobile with Transit directions

“Google has just released an updated version of their Google Maps for mobile to version 2.2. The version 2.2 is available for Symbian S60 (3rd edition or later) and Windows Mobile (2005 or later). The new version has already been released to Blackberry devices and Java-based software, they are adding the Transit directions feature to even more mobile devices today.The Transit Directions is not available for all the cities though, check out this page for the list of supported cities. According to the google blog post
Simply bring up Directions from the main menu and you’ll see a second tab labeled Transit (or Public Transport), where you can request a route using only public transportation. You’ll receive a number of alternatives that take you (car-free) to your destination.
To get this latest version of Google Maps for mobile with Transit, simply point your mobile browser to” via