Today Surfy, the popular web browser for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, has been updated to version 5.0, bringing with it a number of highly anticipated features including Voice Search, new HTML5 games, and Windows Phone 8.1 File Picker support.
Outcoder, the Swiss software company behind Surfy has teamed up with TreSensa, a New York based mobile game development and distribution company, to bring best-in-class downloadable HTML5 games to Windows Phone, which are hosted within Surfy. Games include exclusive titles arriving on Windows Phone before other platforms. Such as the HTML5 gem puzzle game “Jem Gem Party.” Surfy users are able to download HTML5 games to Surfy from the cloud, and then play them without a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.
In time for the Windows Phone 8.1 roll-out, Surfy 5 brings new 8.1 exclusive features; most notably, Voice Search. Surfy allows you to use your voice to search using your preferred search engine. Tap the hardware search button and say, for example, “Surfy, search for YouTube Panda videos for kids.” Surfy launches and opens your chosen search engine page to automatically perform the query. A key advantage is that you’re not locked-in to a particular search engine; you can configure your search provider in Surfy’s options screen.
Surfy’s file download feature has also been dramatically improved, and now allows you to save downloaded files using Windows Phone 8.1’s file save picker. In addition, Surfy’s download system is now integrated into the Windows Phone experience, allowing you to open files that have been downloaded within Surfy, from other apps. You can also share downloaded files by email or with other apps.
Surfy takes advantage of the new app-to-app sharing capabilities of Windows Phone 8.1. Surfy allows other apps to open links in Surfy. In addition, you can share a link from Surfy to another app, for example, a Pocket app. Yet another reason for you to upgrade to Windows Phone 8.1 as soon as it’s made available by your provider.
A long awaited feature of Surfy has been file upload support for web forms. With Surfy 5 for Windows Phone 8.1, files of any type, including photos or downloaded files can be uploaded to websites, regardless of where they reside on your phone. A file may even be retrieved via another app, returned to Surfy, and then uploaded via a web page.
Language support in Surfy 5 has been broadened. Surfy now includes support for 18 languages. Surfy stands poised to expand into the growing Chinese Windows Phone market with its latest support for Simplified Chinese and integrated search support for the Baidu search engine.
Overall, this is a significant update to what is Windows Phone’s flagship third-party browser.
Surfy comes in two flavors: Surfy Free, which is limited to three tabs or a paid version that increases the number of tabs. Surfy Free can be upgraded via an in-app purchase. Find the Free Windows Phone 8 app in the Windows Phone Store here.