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Skyfire browser for iPhone converts Flash to HTML5

By Emil · 27 replies
Nov 3, 2010
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  1. Apple has allowed an iOS browser named Skyfire, which transcodes Flash videos into iPhone-friendly HTML5 on the fly, into the App Store. The app was approved by Cupertino yesterday and appeared on the store today. You can grab it from iTunes now after shelling out $3. Interestingly, attempting to download the app will give you a warning about adult content, meaning that Apple figures you'll be using the browser to watch porn (since there can't possibly be any other Flash videos out there worth watching).

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  2. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    What this post did not tell you is Skyfire is only available in the United States. You can download and install it to your device outside of the US, but if your IP registers as being foreign, the program throws an error and closes.

    Way to go, a$$4013!
  3. vangrat

    vangrat TS Rookie Posts: 223

    That last statement was targeted at Skyfire, not Techspot.

  4. hassaan

    hassaan TS Rookie Posts: 90

    That's what I was saying as well, I can probably only find 1 application of flash useful to me that I can't already get on iOS, how many can you think of? Hulu netflix and south park studios are already possible, facebook, YouTube and many games all over the Internet are already possible, what do you use regularly that you can't do?
  5. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    That's pretty awesome
  6. topcoach

    topcoach TS Enthusiast Posts: 45

    Most of the reviews on iTunes say either Skyfire doesn't work or it's slow. I think I will skip this one.
  7. klepto12

    klepto12 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,115   +9

    This will help with everyone who complains about no flash support but like hassaan said what can u not do already that u need flash for?
  8. AnonymousSurfer

    AnonymousSurfer TS Guru Posts: 452   +40

    Nice! I'm gonna have to download this one!
  9. ColdFusion1990

    ColdFusion1990 TS Rookie Posts: 124

    Just downloaded it and It works well enough, but I wouldn't use the browser over Safari unless I really wanted to have Flash
  10. Razerblade

    Razerblade TS Rookie Posts: 117

    I have used skyfire in the past. It is OK but there are much better browsers out there. Flash isn't everything and you can get round it most of the time. I wonder what adobe will say about this with all of theirs and Apples problems!
  11. It looks like they've already pulled it. I can search for but it says "your request cannot be completed." when i try to select it. Funny, I wonder if people will get there money back.
  12. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    If the android Skyfire is any indication, the iOS should be pretty good, it is a bit slow at times to load and most times you cant actually skip to a certain section you have to watch the whole clip in its entirety. I only ever use it to watch clips and thats it.
  13. bakape

    bakape TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Apple is showing signs of intelligence :)
  14. posermobile89

    posermobile89 TS Rookie Posts: 72

    this is quite surprising they let this into the app store. I have to say, I'm a fan of it, but it would be so much easier just to have the flash plugin
  15. If Apple can partner with an flash company , i think the apple world will be better and better . do you think so ??? haha….
    but i am sure that the flash must affect the speed of the system , which may be a unlucky thing for phone user . i normally use a Aneesoft video coverter converter to convert any video. .
  16. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 157   +15

    That's just AWSOMN. With this app Apple's Safari has become a full fledge browser.
  17. sMILEY4ever

    sMILEY4ever TS Booster Posts: 158

    I would've asked for more than 3$ because they need some real servers to sustain what they're doing.
  18. aalsheh

    aalsheh TS Rookie

    wow, thx for the heads up... I guess with the big sales this got we are bound to see other apps very soon
  19. BabyFaceLee

    BabyFaceLee TS Booster Posts: 117   +37

    Pulled from iTunes after just 5 hours as the Skyfire servers weren't up to the demand....hey ho.
  20. Cryptopsy

    Cryptopsy TS Enthusiast Posts: 47

    FInally a portable porn device... rofl, just like if there was only porn flash videos. Ya for sure! Anyway, that's still a good news but why doesn't Apple allow and/or update the iPhone to support flash directly into safari...
  21. BabyFaceLee

    BabyFaceLee TS Booster Posts: 117   +37

    Flash is a pet hate of Steve Jobs and his merry men as they regard it as 'dodgy'. They wont touch it with a barge pole. :)
  22. Uvindu

    Uvindu TS Booster Posts: 120

    This is a good move by apple because they don't support Adobe Flash and have even told us that they will try to get rid of it as much as possible. Now they have given their customers a way to convert that flash video into HTML5, so they haven't lost all the capability. Thumbs up for SkyFire.
  23. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    "Flash is dead...Flash isn't needed for anything" ..."hey guys I built a browser that converts flash into HTML" *said program sells out*

    Anyone else see a problem with that? If it's so overrated then why did that browser even get a single user?
  24. klpowell

    klpowell TS Rookie Posts: 19

    I don't see much point in using this if it doesn't work with Hulu, Youtube has native support, and so on. There is very little video that I would want to watch that is not from these sites, and definitely not any that I can't just wait to see on my PC. If they have Hulu support I may consider paying for this app, but until then I think I'll pass.
  25. fluxcapacitor

    fluxcapacitor TS Rookie

    This app sounds kinda dumb. Not as dumb as Apple not allowing full access to all websites but rather half assed. But you can't knock the publishers for that. For all his ingenuity Steve Jobs is rather close minded. But, I'm not not the one running his business either.

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