The one thing that iPhone users have learned to live without is Adobe’s Flash plugin for video. You can still run Flash on your iPhone through the previous articles we’ve written about such as the CloudBrowse app and Frash. HTML5 is quickly becoming a web standard as an alternative to Flash.
This Thursday, Skyfire’s much anticipated Flash video-enabled iPhone browser will be coming to the App Store for $2.99. How does Skyfire work? According to their website:
Adherence to Appleâ€™s Policies
Skyfire for iPhone was built in accordance with Apple guidelines, including the use of a WebKit browser core shared with Safari, and h.264 adaptive streaming.
Skyfire enables Flash on Apple devices by transcoding video content into HTML5 on the fly from millions of web sites; itsupports iOS devices via Appleâ€™s HTTP live streaming. Skyfireâ€™s famed cloud-computing technology also adapts video content based on connection strength, giving the user the best video experience that will play smoothly given their wireless network conditions at the time.
A very interesting work around to get Flash on the iPhone. It’ll be interesting to see how many people will jump on this for $2.99, as the cost of entry is “steep”. I would’ve liked to see this get introduced for $0.99 and go for a larger volume of sales. The app does look promising based on the video demo below:
Check out the video demo below:
Will you be purchasing SkyFire this week? Do you need Flash that desperately on your iPhone?