One of the biggest criticisms of the iPhone/iPad OS is that it doesn’t support flash videos as apple has continued to ignore the requests for Flash support on their mobile devices. As we all know, most of the websites today have flash videos or animation that have become an important web format. When you view such sites on a Apple device instead of the flash you see an empty white area. However, it seems the Flash gods are smiling down on Apple fans those who want to watch Flash videos on iPhone or iPad, because their wishes have finally came true. A app launching this week provides iPhone and iPad users with a decent workaround solution to enable them to watch online videos originally encoded in Adobe Flash.
Skyfire, the first flash enabled mobile browser app for iOS is now available for download after waiting for less than two months. Skyfire offers the only way to watch FLASH videos from the web on your iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Rather than display videos in Flash format, Skyfire converts the video to HTML5 in the background– which is a Web standard that of course is supported on the iOS devices.Users can then click on the thumbnail to stream the videos from Skyfire’s servers. Compared to any other mobile browser, Skyfire Browser loads page faster and more accurately on any mobile platform.
However, the news is only half good. Skyfire for iOS isn’t a standalone app, but instead works on top of Apple’s Safari browser. And, not all Flash websites will work with Skyfire. Hulu, for example, will not work on Apple’s mobile devices. Flash Games and Apps are also NOT supported.
Features of Skyfire mobile browser app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
- Play millions of Flash videos – everyday, with no limits!
- All-new ‘Skybar’ toolbar gives one-click access to video and related content
- Be social: Share via Facebook and Twitter.
- Stay in touch: Unique Facebook ‘Quickview’ allows you to see your wall and feeds with one click.
- Standard browser elements: Tabs, search, sharing, bookmarks, history, etc.
- Video search, with safe search option helps you quickly find videos about your favorite topic
- Desktop’ option loads pages as on a desktop browser, giving a greater selection of video (vs. mobile sites)
- Private Browsing option: Browse with no history and cookies left behind
- Click the ‘Explore’ button for related videos, news trends, photos and tweets!
Want to see Skyfire in action? Check out their video:
Skyfire Web Browser app is available at the App Store for $2.99 only, which is a special early adopter price. There is also a free alternative: Cydia App that allows flash installation on iPhone but only on jailbroken devices. Skyfire has already become a top selling app within 5 hours. According to Skyfire blog the demand for the app is too high and has exceeded their predictions, so they have temporarily stopped taking new order. Those of you who are disappointed for not being able to download the Skyfire 2.0 app will have to wait until Skyfire resumes new purchases from Apple App Store. But that flash technology is now supported on iOS is still a good news.