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Mobile Skyfire Web Browser for iPhone

Category: Mobile, Software, Gadgets
Posted: 11:52AM

How many iPhone users want to play Flash video on their mobile phones? Apparently, the answer to that only took five hours to find out after Skyfire Labs released its Skyfire Web application for the iPhone this Wednesday afternoon. The Skyfire blog wrote, "Within 5 hours, Skyfire for iPhone became the top grossing app, the third highest paid app overall and the top application in the Utilities category. Wow!"

Wow, indeed! How does it work? When a user navigates to a Web site with a Flash video, a "SkyBar" will display the video on the bottom menu.  When tapped for playback, Skyfire converts the Flash video to HTML5. However, until Skyfire's server capacity and bandwidth is expanded, the app will appear as being "Sold Out" at the app store. While we're waiting, it would be interesting to hear Steve Job's reaction to all this.

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Munkypoo7 on November 4, 2010 12:03PM
Works great on The Escapist, which makes it's $3 tag worth it imo :D
bilcliff on November 4, 2010 03:52PM
$10 says
bilcliff on November 4, 2010 03:53PM
stupid browser. $10 says most of the first videos converted were porn
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dvorak on November 16, 2010 11:29AM
Stupid browser indeed. When I start it on the pocket PC I get a message saying support will be discontinued in December of 2010, and the only option is to quit the browser. When I set the date back a year, it lets me use it and then says my internet connection is not completely capable (Wifi). Obviously their server is down. Now that explains how this works. Their server grabs whatever content you're browsing first, converts it to a lighter form for display on your device. I wasted all that time fiddling with getting it to work when they couldn't have just explained that it wasn't actually a browser but some kind of psuedo-proxy thing. GJ dumbfire.

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