Skyfire says video plays better on its browser than on Flash

Skyfire says video plays better on its browser than on Flash
With many Android owners sitting on pins and needles, waiting for the Android 2.2 upgrade that will give them support for Flash, there already is an app in the Android Market that will play videos smoothly and quickly. Of course, we're talking about the Skyfire Browser for Android. Half a million users of Google's open source OS have downloaded the app and Skyfire claims that the browser renders video faster than Flash and does so in a manner that saves on battery life. After a Flash-video is detected by the browser, it re-encodes it through HTML5 and sends it to your mobile device for playback. Unfortunately, the browser only detects Flash video. Games and advertisements will have to wait for Flash 10.1 to be installed on your phone to be viewed.

Right now, only Nexus One owners can have the pleasure of owning a handset that supports Adobe's Flash 10.1. The rest of the bunch will have to wait, some longer than others. For example, as we told you earlier today, the Motorola DROID should get Android 2.2 which includes Flash 10.1, in late July. While the DROID X will be launched July 15th, as we reported on Wednesday, that super sexy device will get Froyo in late August. So, you can wait and complain and bitch and moan, or you can use a technology that you can get now for free in the Android Market, and catch some of the Flash videos that until now, you have been shut out from watching. Speaking of videos, Skyfire has put together one for your viewing pleasure, right below. You can download the Skyfire browser at the Android Market as we said, or by scanning the QR code at the source link.

source: androinica



1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i disagree. i have used both and flash 10.1 in the native android browser works much smoother and faster than skyfire.

2. deago78

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Even if that is the case, 30% battery life difference is a pretty big draw in my opinion.

3. androidlove

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 24, 2010

I don't have flash 10.1 but i had the earlier version of skyfire and didn't use it cause I found it to be really slow. Because of this post I updated to the new version and have to say it is AWESOME. I actually signed up for phonearena so I could recommend it to everyone I LOVE IT THAT MUCH. I'm a huge youtuber and it downloads the FULL video automatically AND EVEN BETTER: you can choose to play in HQ and it will default to playing all vids in HQ with no slowdown in the download. Also it plays embedded vids and music. Its now my default browser. Hate to sound like I work for skyfire but would hate for other android fans to miss it.

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

hmm, my android broweser on the aria is better than the iphone and plays videos....gotta test it on facebook now.

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

wow, native browser appears a tad better than skyfire 2.1 on the android...yet, skyfire 1.5 for windows played flash games from its browser, not the case here.

6. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

I downloaded Skyfire about a month and a half ago and still have not gootten it to work the way its supposed to. By the way, I'm suprised to see Phonearena cursing in an article haha.

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