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Skyfire for iOS now available globally

24 Dec

The only web browser that can play Flash videos on iOS is now available globally. Skyfire today announced that Skyfire browser for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad is now available in all the 90 countries where Apple’s itunes App Store is available. In a blog post, Skyfire mentions that its recently launched Skyfire browser for iPhone was downloaded more than 300,000 times and had earlier reported that the app was “sold out” within five hours of its debut on the App Store. Since then, the company had started rolling out the app on a country-by-country basis. Unlike other browsers, Skyfire’s servers compress and encode Flash videos into a format that iOS allows.

It is a tough decision for any company to limit the distribution of a product that is selling better than hot cakes on a freezing winter day but we should applaud Skyfire’s effort for being able to ramp up its servers and have a global roll-out in less than two months after its launch. Yesterday, the company launched the browser for iPad in the US and today even that version is available globally.

Skyfire for iPhone/iPod touch is priced at $2.99 while that for the iPad is available for $4.99. Pricey? Certainly. Worth it? Absolutely!

SOURCE: Skyfire Blog

Skyfire for iPhone 'sold out' in five hours

4 Nov

skyfire-iPhone It is not everyday that you see an app getting sold out. How can an app get sold out, it is not hardware that you run out of. But that’s exactly what happened with Skyfire that launched its Flash-capable web browser for the iPhone last night. Priced at $2.99, Skyfire shot to one of the top grossing apps on the Store within hours and crippled the company’s servers. So within five hours, Skyfire had to stop selling the app.

 

But again, how can an app get sold out? Well, that’s very much possible in the case of Skyfire. Web browsers like Skyfire and Opera Mini work by doing all the heavy lifting on its remote servers and renders a compressed, mobile friendly page to the phone. Considering that Skyfire’s serves also have to process flash videos and convert them into a format that can play on the iPhone. And it seems that Skyfire’s servers were not ready to face the sudden onslaught of Flash-deprived iPhone users.

 

Were you able to download Skyfire last night? If you were, let us know what you think about the app in the comments section.

SOURCE: Skyfire Blog