IPhone and iPad users’ long wait for an app that allows them to view Flash videos is about to be over. Skyfire, which will be available for download at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday for $2.99, is the first such application to receive Apple’s approval for distribution in its App Store.
To get around Apple’s restriction, Skyfire came up with an innovative solution: When users click on a page that contains Flash video, Skyfire’s servers download, render and translate the video into HTML5, which is a Web standard that iOS devices support. Skyfire then displays a thumbnail that users can click on to stream the video from its servers.
“We will attack those pesky blue Flash error messages,” said Jeffrey Glueck, Skyfire’s CEO
Skyfire also has a similar app available for Google’s (GOOG, Fortune 500) Android. Viewing Flash is already possible on some Android devices, but only those running Android 2.2, which is on just one-third of Android phones, according to Google.
Like the Android version, Skyfire for iOS isn’t a standalone application, but rather a tool that works on top of Apple’s Safari Web browser.
Source: CNN Money