Skyfire Browser Brings Flash Video to iPhone on Nov 4

For those who have been hesitant to purchase an iPhone due to its lack of support for Adobe Flash videos, the barrier has been removed. Starting at 9 AM ET on Thursday, November 4, the Skyfire browser will be available in the App Store for $2.99, enabling Flash video playback on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Previously available for Android devices, the app has now received approval from Apple after undergoing a stringent review process.

Skyfire operates as a standalone WebKit browser on iOS devices, similar to iCab Mobile and others. However, it distinguishes itself by offering a unique feature: when users visit a webpage with Flash video, a thumbnail appears which, when clicked, streams the content to their device.

The video is transcoded on Skyfire’s servers and delivered in HTML5 format. It should be noted that Flash games are not supported due to their interactive nature, and Hulu has blocked its content on Skyfire to ensure that iPad users subscribe to Hulu Plus for $10 a month.

The introduction of Skyfire to iOS is anticipated to be well-received, as it offers a solution for viewing approximately half of all web videos that remain Flash-only.

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