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[Updated] Skyfire Flash Browser for iPhone Back in App Store

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Update 1: it looks like Skyfire was pulled from the App Store. Engadget reached out to Skyfire:

We just pinged Skyfire for comment and they say it’s not Apple’s fault; demand for a Flash video workaround is apparently so high that the company’s having server issues and decided to pull the app rather than introduce new users to a sub-par experience. Skyfire assures us that it’s adding servers as quickly as it can, but didn’t provide an ETA on when we might see the app once more.

Update 2: The Skyfire blog has some more news to shed on this:

Skyfire for iPhone has been received with unbelievable enthusiasm. Despite our best attempts and predictions, the demand far exceeds our initial projections.

The user experience was performing well for the first few hours, but as the surge continued, the peak load on our servers and bandwidth caused the video experience to degrade.

Thus we are effectively ‘sold out’ and will temporarily not accept new purchases from the App Store. We are working really hard to increase capacity and will be accepting new purchases from the App Store as soon as we can support it.

We are very grateful for the demand. Within 5 hours, Skyfire for iPhone became the top grossing app, the third highest paid app overall and the top application in the Utilities category. Wow!

Please bear with us as we bring our capacity in line with the incredible demand – stay tuned.

Thanks, Robert.

Wow. So it looks like the hype around Skyfire resulted in some major downloads for them, therefore exceeding their expectations. This sounds like a scenario out of Game Dev Story. Either way, let’s hope the team works to improve this app. But as of right now, I don’t think I will be using it in the future. Most of my video needs have been met so far with iOS the way it is.

Update 3: Looks like Skyfire is back in the App Store. Here’s what their CEO had to say:

We are going to open batches of downloads for new users over the coming days.   The first batch will be in a few minutes on the Apple App Store.   It will be first come, first serve.

Due to overwhelming demand, we are taking this approach because Skyfire believes a good user experience should come first, and we would rather have fewer, happier customers, and add new users as we can support them.  We will open the first batches to US users only, with additional country support to follow shortly.

So it looks like it’s going to be a US-release first, then other countries later. Are you still interested in this, Canada?

Review Update: Okay, after testing various Flash sites with Skyfire…it’s a very tedious process that has only led to frustration. Not a great user experience. Maybe the Skyfire team underestimated how many people would be downloading their app?

One thing is for sure, their $2.99 price and subpar first time experience has already tarnished their reputation coming out of the gate. I hate to say I told you so but a $0.99/free introductory price point would’ve probably contained the fallout.

Here are some screenshots:

Yesterday we wrote about the upcoming Skyfire Web Browser that is coming to the iPhone. It was supposed to be released on Thursday, but it’s now available in the App Store!

How Skyfire works is this:

Skyfire enables Flash on Apple devices by transcoding video content into HTML5 on the fly from millions of web sites; itsupports iOS devices via Apple’s HTTP live streaming. Skyfire’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.

iTunes description:

FEATURES:
• Play millions of Flash videos – everyday, with no limits!
• All-new ‘Skybar’ toolbar gives one-click access to video and related content
• Be social: Share via Facebook and Twitter.
• Stay in touch: Unique Facebook ‘Quickview’ allows you to see your wall and feeds with one click.
• Standard browser elements: Tabs, search, sharing, bookmarks, history, etc.
• Video search, with safe search option helps you quickly find videos about your favorite topic
• ‘Desktop’ option loads pages as on a desktop browser, giving a greater selection of video (vs. mobile sites)
• Private Browsing option: Browse with no history and cookies left behind
• Click the ‘Explore’ button for related videos, news trends, photos and tweets!

NOTES:
• Flash VIDEO content is supported, but Flash Games and Apps are NOT supported (aren’t there enough games on iPhone already?)
• Hulu NOT supported (they don’t allow it), but scores of other premium sites available
• List of supported sites grows daily (request new sites via Settings >> Feedback menu)
• It may take 15-25 seconds for videos to load: Preparing goodness takes time…

We purchased Skyfire to see how it performed with Flash video sites, to watch full episodes of TV in Canada. Here are some quick results:

  • CTV.ca did not work
  • GlobalTV.com did not work

Let us know how Skyfire works for you!

Click here to download Skyfire in the App Store for $2.99.

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  • Prefekt

    I also tried CTV – did not work. Neither did TSN nor Sportsnet. So far I have yet to find any value to this app.

  • roadcarver

    So far, its performance is not that great ie. web site compatability. Will have to wait until it has better results.

  • Jhuynh2000

    don’t ctv and tsn use silverlight instead of flash?

  • Jhuynh2000

    never mind, it is flash.

  • flabeo

    City TV didn’t work for me either. So far this app is about as useful as tits on a nun to Canada.

  • Quick_zilver

    Mostly useless in Canada for now till they get better support for canadians sites

  • jcphoenix

    What about US sites? If they are downloading the videos to their servers and converting them, and their servers are US-based, then you might have access to all US content. Has anybody tried this?

  • Me

    Nope, the browser portion doesn’t go through their server or a proxy, so neither Canadian sites nor US sites for full episodes would work. Sucks to be us. I just paid for it too.. 🙁

  • YouTube does not even work for me…. like… come on?

  • Quick_zilver

    ya this app is pretty fail right now…

  • gecko

    Anyone tried to see if megavideo works?
    Thanks!

  • That’s one way of putting it! 😉

  • Lets hope this isn’t one of those apps that get little to no updates lol
    some devs are terrible for that. Thousands shell out $3, Devs laugh all the way to the bank 😛 hah

  • socrdiva11

    just went to the app store to check it out and see the reviews…and its no longer available in the canadian app store (according to my itunes anyways)..thank god i didnt buy it do to all the terrible reviews.
    this may be an option once there’s more support available to it.

  • suckaaaaa!!

    Roflmfao!!

  • Rmnarian

    for some reason the application is accessible anymore

  • Rmnarian

    for some reason the application is accessible anymore

  • Rmnarian

    is not*

  • Calgary

    no it does not.

  • Calgary

    Skyfire reaches top grossing app on iPhone App Store within 5 hours — SOLD OUT

    Skyfire for iPhone has been received with overwhelming enthusiasm — far beyond initial projections. The result: we are currently sold out of our first batch of Skyfire for the iPhone and are temporarily not accepting new purchases. We are working now to increase capacity and will be accepting new purchases from the App Store soon.

    Learn more at our corporate blog:
    http://skyfire.com/press/blog/68-skyfire-reaches-top-grossing-app-on-iphone-app-store-within-5-hours-sold-out

  • Calgary

    Skyfire reaches top grossing app on iPhone App Store within 5 hours — SOLD OUT

  • Calgary

    everyone who paid for it needs to chill out, there is a lot of demand on the server for a launch day (and skyfire also runs on other smartphones, so the $2.99 is (was) for server expansion. i used to have use v1 way back when and they are always improving the software and their servers. Give it a couple weeks and skyfire will be playing videos from every site out there. You can quote me later 😉

  • roadcarver

    I think frash is probably is more capable especially when it is integrated into Safari.

  • I think most people are calm about it, but the fact that it crashed on
    launch day is a set back. Looking forward to them following through on their
    upgrades to really test the app.

  • Calgary

    youtube has strict video policies so videos that are not viewable in safari and the youtube app will not work in Skyfire (by request of specific youtube posters, artists, etc..)

  • Calgary

    youtube has strict video policies so videos that are not viewable in safari and the youtube app will not work in Skyfire (by request of specific youtube posters, artists, etc..)

  • rob

    did anyone try atdhe.net ?

  • i got it from installous lol!

  • Sparky

    JESUS Gary!!! You’re a bit behind on the ol updates! Haha As soon as one comes out I’m all over it. It’s feel like a tiny present or something haha. iPhone updates, Windows 7 updates, TV, bluray, app updates etc. I’m weird I know.

  • Anonymous

    Although I didn’t buy it, the problem could just be server related to those sites which are not loading.

    I wouldnt expect this to be a full blown flash replacement because of the way it works and the lengths companies like CTV go through to protect their content.

    This is more for sites with simple easily copied flash files. But I could be way off 🙂

  • Anonymous

    yup…i KNEW proper flash implementation was too good to be true so i figured might as well “try before Ibuy” haha! also, i’ve found 3rd party browsers to be subpar for iphone (see opera’s sluggishness). the only reason i keep opera installed is because as of this year i cant sign into YorkU sites via Safari….works perfectly from Opera…what i’d like to see is a fully implemented Firefox version for iPhone that supports plugins….now THATS something id be willing to Buy before I Try 😛

  • Sgmah

    G4TV.ca doesn’t work since would love to watch “Reviews on the Run” on the run. Bummer. Even SkyFire for Windows Mobile 6.5 works on this website! What gives!!!

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  • Rob

    did anyone try atdhe.net ?

  • Ilya Nazarchuk

    I could make a 1000 dollar bet that of you( skyfire) made runescape work on you’re browser, you’re app sells would triple. Like a thousand…..

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  • Luc St-Laurent

    Skyfire suck!

    No real flash supported 🙁

    http://www.macdigger.net/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=32

  • Luc St-Laurent

    Skyfire suck!

    No real flash supported 🙁

    http://www.macdigger.net/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=32

  • Luc St-Laurent

    Skyfire suck!

    No real flash supported 🙁

    http://www.macdigger.net/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=32

  • Luc St-Laurent

    Skyfire suck!

    No real flash supported 🙁

    http://www.macdigger.net/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=32

  • Luc St-Laurent

    Skyfire suck!

    No real flash supported 🙁

    http://www.macdigger.net/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=32

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