Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Partial Flash Support Comes to iPhone via Skyfire Mobile Browser


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via Mashable! by Stan Schroeder on 11/2/10

Mobile web browser SkyFire has been approved by Apple and is coming to the App Store on Thursday for $2.99, according to CNNMoney.

SkyFire can convert Flash videos — which the iPhone normally cannot display — into HTML5 on SkyFire's servers, making it possible to view said videos on the iPhone after a short delay.

SkyFire has been around for a couple of years; after an extensive testing period, it originally launched for Windows Mobile and Symbian devices, later expanding to Android and now, finally, iOS.

Unfortunately, the technique doesn't work with Flash games and other non-video Flash content, CNNMoney claims. It also won't work with Hulu, which has banned SkyFire — likely because it only works in the U.S. and charges $10 per month for its Hulu Plus subscription, which allows users to access video via mobile devices.

Still, SkyFire sounds like a really nice alternative to the default iPhone browser; whenever you encounter a Flash video that you simply must see on your iPhone, SkyFire is pretty much the only viable option out there.

Check out a video preview of the SkyFire 2.0 browser for iPhone, recorded in August, below:

Reviews: Android, Hulu, Skyfire

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