Skyfire for iPad Now Available for $4.99

Skyfire, the immensely popular iPhone app (see our review) that allows users to watch Flash videos on their iDevice, is now finally out for the iPad. Like the iPhone version, Skyfire for iPad includes nifty extras that are not found on Mobile Safari. An all new feature for the tablet even allows users to check their Google Reader RSS feeds without having to leave the browser. Here are some of the app’s other features:

  • Play millions of Flash videos – everyday, with no limits!
  • All-new ‘Skybar’ toolbar gives one-click access to video and related content
  • Stay in touch: Unique Facebook and Twitter ‘Quickview’ allows you to see your wall and feeds with one click.
  • Fireplace: See only the links shared by Friends. Why? Filter what friends did from what friends shared (which is a great starting point for browsing)
  • Popular: See what Friends and the Facebook community have to say about the site you are currently exploring

Of course, like it is on the iPhone, you can only watch flash content with the app (no flash games, or Hulu content). If you’re finding that your favorite websites are still not down with HTML5, Skyfire for iPad is your best bet (and likely only option). Alternatively, you can also check out the free bookmarklet for Safari that will allow flash video playback from Dailymotion, Flickr Video, MegaVideo and Vimeo. Demo video after the break…

Skyfire Web Browser for iPad Skyfire Labs, Skyfire Web Browser for iPad, 2.2 MB – $4.99

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Skyfire Web Browser In Review – Flash on the iPhone now a Reality

If you’re lucky like me (and the many other App Store lurkers) you were able to get your hands on Skyfire during its initial launch day. Claiming to be able to play just about any flash video, it was anticipated by just about everyone with an iDevice. Unfortunately, due to a massive surge of users, SkyFire’s servers crashed and the app was pulled from the App Store within 5 hours of release. The good news is that the app is now back (currently US only), and will continue to be re-released in batches in other countries. Let’s take a look and see if flash video is ready for prime time on the iPhone.

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[Updated: It's back!] No Flash for you! SkyFire app pulled from the App Store

In what has to be a first for the App Store, a massively popular app has “Sold Out”. SkyFire, the eagerly anticipated mobile browser app that allows users to watch Flash videos on their iPhone, was pulled from iTunes just 5 hours into its initial launch.

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.

It really is a shame that it took 2 months to finally get approved by Apple, only to be yanked within hours of its debut. Well I suppose it’s better this than having legions of new users swamp SkyFire’s inadequate servers and experience choppy flash videos. Hopefully, the hardware issue will sorted out real soon and that we’ll be seeing this bad boy back on the App Store in no time.

Update: It appears that SkyFire is now back in the App Store, though the app will be released in batches, with the US store getting it first. According to their blog:

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.

Please note that there may be some initial congestion as a flood of new users simultaneously try to use the service, but try again an hour later and things should smooth out.

If you’re willing to put up with some initial pains (ie. lag, page won’t load), you can grab SkyFire with the iTunes link below:

Skyfire Web Browser Skyfire Labs, Skyfire Web Browser, 2.5MB – $2.99

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Watch Flash Videos on your iPhone with SkyFire Mobile Browser [Video]

Running Flash content on your iDevice isn’t new. We’ve seen it in the form of Frash, though you’ll need a jailbroken iPhone and it’s far from perfect. But what about a simple (and legit) solution for watching Flash videos on your iPhone? Well according to CNNMoney, this soon will become a reality as Apple has finally approved the Mobile Browser app SkyFire, which will make its grand appearance on the App Store this Thursday at 9AM EST for the price of $2.99.

Already a popular app on the Android platform, SkyFire is able detect and convert Flash videos into HTML 5 on SkyFire’s servers. As this process is happening on the fly, users will then be able to watch these videos that were previously unavailable to the iPhone/iPod Touch. Unfortunately, SkyFire won’t let you play with Flash games, or non-video Flash content, but it’s still a great start for users who’ve been starving for Flash on the platform. Check out the demo video of the app in action after the gap.

Update: SkyFire arrived a bit earlier than expected and is now live on the App Store!

Skyfire Web Browser Skyfire Labs, Skyfire Web Browser, 2.5MB – $2.99

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