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Cloud Browse App Allows Firefox & Flash on the iPhone!

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Yes, you read that correctly. @juicero mentioned on twitter of an iPhone app that allowed Flash on the iPhone. Say whaaaaaat? A new iPhone app called Cloud Browse allows you to do just that–control a Firefox browser remotely that’s streamed to the iPhone, thus allowing Flash websites to be displayed (we know Apple dislikes Flash). It’s an ingenious idea, and I’m surprised this made it past Apple’s strictly controlled App Store. Before we go on, let me say this app is AWESOME.

Here’s a description of how it works:

How does Cloud Browse work?

Cloud Browse goes beyond the limitations of a mobile device because it doesn’t use a scaled down web browser.

Instead, a full desktop browser is running remotely and being streamed to the iPhone/iPod Touch. The remote browser have access to higher bandwidth, more memory and faster processor than that of any mobile device.

Worried about privacy or security? Because Cloud Browse runs the browsers on a remote machine and not on your iPhone, there is no need to worry about websites grabbing your private information or leaving a trail of your browsing history.

When you launch Cloud Browse you see a Firefox browser on your screen, with tabs. As you tap on the browser area you will be able to see the mouse pointer on the remotely controlled browser. What’s cool is that three finger swiping for going Forward/Back in the browser is supported!

There are lots of other useful controls too such as:

  • Scroll the page by flicking your finger.
  • Tap with one finger to navigate links and select textboxes. (A left mouse click at the finger location)
  • Hold down one finger on screen to bring up a magnifying glass displaying what’s under your finger.

I visited Vimeo.com to test how Flash performed. I was able to play a Vimeo video but it was slightly laggy via 3G. Turning on WiFi made an improvement, but probably due to the default HD stream, the site was unwatchable. Justin TV and some other streaming TV sites worked well and was watchable. Audio was very clear and the video did not lag at all.

As for privacy concerns, I would avoid logging into secure websites within Cloud Browse.

Kudos to the Cloud Browse developers for this incredible app! Screenshots below:

Click here to download Cloud Browse for the iPhone. Tell me how you like it below in the comments! This app is sweet! I’m loving it.

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  • Gtasscarlo

    Awesome thanks for the info man finally flash videos on iPhone but extremly laggy

  • johnkneematrix

    “Worried about privacy or security? Because Cloud Browse runs the browsers on a remote machine and not on your iPhone, there is no need to worry about websites grabbing your private information or leaving a trail of your browsing history.”

    How about the security when you have to enter user-id and password first on site(s) that contains Flash? After all, you are using 'their' Cloud Firefox browser.

    I tried it and tested on some sample Flash videos and it is not bad on WiFi.

  • Sorry, I agree with Steve Jobs – Flash stinks and needs to die. With the success of the iPhone and now the iPad, everyone is rushing out their HTML 5 players. The need for Flash will gone very soon. ( I don't miss it now)

    This app allows you to access Flash sites but the experience is terrible. If you are desperate to run a Flash site on your iPhone, you're better off setting up a VPN to your own browser. The app is free, so it's worth downloading, moving to the last page on your phone, so in a pinch you can order take-out from that restaurant that build their entire site in Flash.

  • bauub

    Thanks!! We can even access US only sites such as hulu and pandora on this!

  • Anonymous

    This is great! I can finally view those sites that build a stupid flash entry page and won’t let you view the site without flash. I was even able to watch episodes off abc.com which normally restricts video access outside the US. Unfortunately video was quite choppy on wifi. I wonder if I can access the ipad optimized version on my iPhone?

  • lxlim

    And it's fast! I wish mobile browser can be this fast! I was hoping Opera Mini would be this fast.
    Now, just refine the UI a little more and this thing can be a winner!

  • livininvic

    WOW!!!! PANDORA BABY!!!! Works like a charm!

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  • Nothnx

    This is absolutely awful. I feel like I should be typing in dos prompts while I try and enter a URL That is, in between the browser crashing, or tha app crashing.

    If you need to view flash this bad (for the sites that are still using flash, seems to be a rarity these days) go on your computer for god sakes. It would take you half the time to just drive home and view the page rather than pulling out all of your teeth and shooting yourself repeatedly in the foot. Sorry, I meant using this crap, err app.

  • Apple probably let this into the App Store cuz they know the
    experience is pretty dismal (like Opera).

  • Half_Pint

    This is a HUGE security hole. Nevermind websites grabbing your private info, what about the people whose browser you're operating remotely? I hope nobody's foolish enough t try online banking.

  • Half_Pint

    This is a HUGE security hole. Nevermind websites grabbing your private info, what about the people whose browser you're operating remotely? I hope nobody's foolish enough t try online banking.

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  • skull

    so does grooveshark!

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  • Anonymous.

    Interesting.
    I happen to have the old version of the iPhone (the first generation), and when I went on the app store to search Cloud Browse up, it wasn’t there…
    Why is that?

  • smd Justin Luey

    You are one of the most retarded people I’ve ever heard of, Steve Jobbs just wants money, he can’t accept the fact that something he didn’t create is better than his own product, and he thinks I’m not holding my iPhone right when it doesn’t work, I can hold my freaking iPhone any way I want faggot. So screw you :[].

  • Anon

    The latest version has full retina display for iPhone!  Looks like they’ve been working hard on improving it…

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