Flash-playing Skyfire grosses $1 million in a week
It's been a week since Skyfire made appearance on the App Store and crunched under the heavy load to its servers responsible for converting Flash video to HTML5, the trick that makes the magic of playing Flash content possible for iPhone users. Since then the browser has been available in smaller batches in accordance with server capacity. A native Skyfire app for the iPad is also in the works and it sounds promising given the screen estate on the tablet.
Apple loosened its approval policy in the past months to let competitors to its Safari web browser, like Opera and Skyfire, enter the browser wars on the App Store. How will this affect mobile traffic we are yet to see.
1. spo (Posts: 19; Member since: 25 Apr 2009)
So now instead of Apple and it's consumers being at the mercy of just one third party company (Adobe) for consumption of Flash content, it's now at the mercy of two - Adobe and Skyfire. The reason Steve Jobs originally gave for the lack of Flash content in iOS4 was that he didn't want his customers experience to be at the mercy of a third party. So now consumers will be at the mercy of not only Adobe's Flash standards but also Skyfire's browser that will be responsible for playing the Flash content on Apple devices. Way to go Apple. Steve Jobs is a load of bullshit.
I have Skyfire on my Droid X but i don't use it because the native browser plays Flash content and plays it well.
2. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
well i have to say i like skyfire a little (it saves me money), and yes i was expecting big numbers from them. good for iPhone users who got to finally see flash vids on the phone =) hopefully real flash player will become available for the iPhone too