Skyfire for iPhone Approved, iOS Devices Get Adobe Flash Love

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We got a look at Skyfire for iPhone last week and the promise of getting Adobe Flash videos onto our Apple devices was exciting. As expected, though still surprisingly, the app has been approved for the iOS devices by Apple. The Skyfire web browser will go for $2.99 in the app store and will be available some time Thursday morning. We got to play with a preview of the app, and came away impressed. See our Skyfire for iPhone hands-on review here.

How did the company manage to get around Apple’s loathing of Flash? CNN reports:

To get around Apple’s restriction, Skyfire came up with an innovative solution: When users click on a page that contains Flash video, Skyfire’s servers download, render and translate the video into HTML5, which is a Web standard that iOS devices support. Skyfire then displays a thumbnail that users can click on to stream the video from its servers.

Here’s what we said earlier last week about how this works:

Skyfire plays nice with Flash videos and websites (most of them, at least) because it uses a server-assisted browsing experience. Basically, the browser uses big, powerful servers to process all the Flash content on a website and then pushes that data to your phone. This means your phone doesn’t have to be super powerful and also reduces the amount of data that you’re pulling down on your smartphone data plan.

So, technically, your iPhone or iPad won’t be playing straight Flash as videos are converted so that they can be played on your iOS device, but at least this limits your restrictions when viewing the web.

But all is not perfect in Skyfire land. Determining which videos and content are in Flash and encoding it all is a huge task, and some sites have just blocked the browser completely. Hulu, which is huge for Flash lovers wanting videos on their phones, banned Skyfire from encoding its content. Additionally, Flash-based video games and non-video content will not be supported, so it’s not without some major limitations.

At any rate, it’s nice to know that when you browse the web with Skyfire, you’re less likely to see that little blue sorry-no-Flash-here icon.

[Update]
The information from CNN is slightly off-base, as we’ve just learned that Skyfire will be launching on the iPhone AppStore sooner than you think (before Thursday). Keep your eyes on IntoMobile for more info.

In the meantime, why don’t you check out our Skyfire for iPhone hands-on video here?

[Via: CNN]

  • andybonhelsing

    Good news but I thought Skyfire would always be free like it is on the other mobile platforms.

    • anon

      since this is the only way around flash on the iphone at the moment, i’m sure they’re going to try and capitalize on it …

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Kononen/1137797279 David Kononen

        Its not the only way to use Flash. You can SSH a program called Frash into your iPhone (jailbroken) and it works.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Kononen/1137797279 David Kononen

        Its not the only way to use Flash. You can SSH a program called Frash into your iPhone (jailbroken) and it works.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Kononen/1137797279 David Kononen

        Its not the only way to use Flash. You can SSH a program called Frash into your iPhone (jailbroken) and it works.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Kononen/1137797279 David Kononen

        Its not the only way to use Flash. You can SSH a program called Frash into your iPhone (jailbroken) and it works.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Kononen/1137797279 David Kononen

        Its not the only way to use Flash. You can SSH a program called Frash into your iPhone (jailbroken) and it works.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DXWYY72IP5H4OVQCJV2L3YSQD4 Brian Ross

          I don’t count apps requiring jailbreaking as that’s not an ideal nor convenient option for many people.

          • Michaelliu00

            Actually, it’s very convenient (1-click operation), it’s just some people like to stay on good terms with Apple and remove the urge to pirate using Installous.

          • Judewri

            Doesn’t work for the site I bought it for ! Booooo

  • Anonymous

    NIce! Now that is what I am talking about. Wow.

  • Trib

    It doesn’t work with Hulu and it doesn’t support Flash based games. So really it allows Flash ads to work on your iPhone. Great app!

  • Trib

    It doesn’t work with Hulu and it doesn’t support Flash based games. So really it allows Flash ads to work on your iPhone. Great app!

  • Trib

    It doesn’t work with Hulu and it doesn’t support Flash based games. So really it allows Flash ads to work on your iPhone. Great app!

  • Trib

    It doesn’t work with Hulu and it doesn’t support Flash based games. So really it allows Flash ads to work on your iPhone. Great app!

  • Trib

    It doesn’t work with Hulu and it doesn’t support Flash based games. So really it allows Flash ads to work on your iPhone. Great app!

  • Anonymous

    Still not as good as my Droid X.

  • Rob

    ha I find this really funny uncle stevie said flash is bad and wiull disapear from the web bvecause I the almighty sj command it. And it didnt go away, so they had to come up with a work around that allowed the masses of iphone users who demanded access to that content and allow sj to save face. But face it folks flash aint going nowhere and no matter what steveo says it’s here to stay. I bet you skyfire becomes standard issue

    • Aleyh Wembu

      What are you talking about?

      Skyfire wasn’t made by Apple. Apple never even requested a Skyfire port. It was the company behind Skyfire that wanted to do the port.

      Also, the Flash implementation in Skyfire sucks. It only handles certain videos, and not games. And the video streaming is extremely poor.

  • Aleyh Wembu

    “Skyfire’s servers download, render and translate the video into HTML5″

    Why do they keep repeating this lie?

    I don’t get it.

    Skyfire is not translating anything to HTML5.

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