Skyfire Acquires kolbysoft To Create Browser For Android Handsets

Mobile browser-maker Skyfire has acquired kolbysoft for its expertise in creating browsers for the Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Android operating system. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kolbysoft currently has a browser available on Android called Steel. Jeff Glueck, CEO of Skyfire, told mocoNews that they’ll continue to rely on that until it has a new version, and then will offer existing customers an upgrade. While kolbysoft’s expertise lies in Webkit, the open-source software used by Android, Apple’s Safari and others, Skyfire specializes in a server-side solution that compresses and optimizes a web site for a mobile phone. Glueck: “We are very aware of the excitement around Android, and we have watched the momentum behind the Webkit movement and we think it has great momentum and we think Skyfire can add something.”

Currently, Skyfire has free browsers on the Windows Mobile and Symbian operating systems. Michael Kolb, founder of kolbysoft, will become chief client architect for all of Skyfire