The Skyfire Web Browser app for the iPhone – which converts Flash video to HTML 5 for viewing on the iPhone – is back in the App Store today. It originally hit the store two days ago, but was quickly pulled by its publishers because their servers couldn’t cope with the load. Today it is […]
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Skyfire Web Browser Back in the App Store

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The Skyfire Web Browser app for the iPhone – which converts Flash video to HTML 5 for viewing on the iPhone – is back in the App Store today. It originally hit the store two days ago, but was quickly pulled by its publishers because their servers couldn’t cope with the load.

Today it is back (at least in the US App Store), and I was able to install it just a short while ago – though I have seen reports that it is being released ‘in batches’ so its availability may be intermittent for a while.

I’ve only played with Skyfire for just a very few minutes, but my very early impression so far is a definite ‘meh’.

The app definitely does what it says on the box – lets you run (converted) Flash video on the iPhone – so full credit for that.

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My ‘meh’ reaction is because I haven’t found the experience compelling so far. Your mileage may vary of course, but thus far the featured sites listed on Skyfire’s home page are taking well over 30 seconds to load, then another chunk of time to get to where they show me the video popup in the bottom bar, needed to play one of the videos on the page.

After tapping on the video popup to play a video, it is taking over 25 seconds to load the video.

For those who have been pulling their hair out due to inability to play Flash video on the iPhone, these wait times may be more than acceptable. As someone who really hasn’t missed Flash much on the iPhone, like myself, the experience so far seems underwhelming.

I don’t particularly want to spend upwards of a minute waiting on page + video loads each time I want to see a video. There just aren’t that many videos I need to see that badly on the iPhone.

Here’s a few more screencaps of the app in action:

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You can (hopefully) find Skyfire Web Browser in the App Store now, priced at $2.99.

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