Skyfire provides an alternative browser for Android that is available for free in the Android Market.

Skyfire 4.0

The latest release (4.0.0) is a major one that provides simpler access to Facebook and Twitter. Skyfire provides dedicated buttons for these two social network services. The app provides tighter integration with these services in other ways too. For example, the new Facbook QuickView feature keeps your Facebook page loaded in the cloud for easy, one touch access to your news feed, profile, friends, inbox, events and places. There’s also a Fireplace Feed Reader that only includes links to browsable web pages, images, and videos posted by your Facebook friends.

I found navigating these new features to be a little touchy (pun intended). I found myself faced with unintentionally selected pages and even unintentionally exiting the app. Heavy Facebook and Twitter users will appreciate the easy access to the services, however.

Video optimization is now a $2.99 optional in-app purchase. Current Verizon customers, however, will find this fee waived as a special promotion. The new $2.99 charge for video optimization will certainly raise the eyebrows (if not more) of non-Verizon Android users.