Skyfire for iOS sold out; temporarily removed from App Store

Skyfire, the iOS lost link between your device and Flash content has sold so well that the developers actually had to temporarily pull it from the App Store so they could regain their bearings. 

Within just five hours of the Skyfire browser being available on the App Store, it already became the Top Grossing iPhone app. This actually came as somewhat of a surprise to Skyfire who said in a blog post that the success was too much for their servers and they had to mark the application "Sold Out" until they can accommodate such a demand.

Skyfire allows users to view Flash videos by having the Flash video sent to Skyfire's servers where it is transcoded and then streamed back to your iOS device in a friendly HTML5 format. Unfortunately, this method all runs the risk of a server overload if too many people are using the Flash video feature and that is exactly what happened. Do note that this is really the only App Store approved way of loading Flash content as this isn't a Flash interpreter on an iPhone, but instead a client that sends off a video and receives HTML5.

The company is currently working hard to supply users with enough processing power to go around, but until then the app will remain off of the App Store. Surprisingly this wasn't a spur of the moment pull by Apple, but instead purely by Skyfire to help ensure their product would only be the best. 

In those first five hours, Skyfire rocketed up on the charts as Top Grossing iPhone App, top application in the Utilities category, and the third most paid for app on the iPhone. As time went on their servers were strained which caused degration of videos causing Skyfire to put a hold on purchases so they may fix the issue.

As soon as Skyfire can increase their server capacity to acceptable levels the popular app will be available for purchase once again on the App Store.

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This is far more of a cryout for content providers to offer HTML5 video. Get rid of the pointless Flash layer and let us have our videos.

I don't see how my Droid can handle flash perfectly, but everyone else still whines that flash won't work on mobile phones. I hate browsing sites on my iPad only to get the "You need flash to view this content" prompt. I shouldn't have to use another device to view everything on the web. Until everything is HTML5 or Apple allows Flash, I will consider Safari on my iPad broken.

Chrono951 said,
I don't see how my Droid can handle flash perfectly, but everyone else still whines that flash won't work on mobile phones. I hate browsing sites on my iPad only to get the "You need flash to view this content" prompt. I shouldn't have to use another device to view everything on the web. Until everything is HTML5 or Apple allows Flash, I will consider Safari on my iPad broken.
So it doesn't impact battery life or performance at all? Not a single bit? Because that's very different from what I've seen and read.

I daresay the majority of users that need Flash probably don't visit Neowin. Take my girlfriend for example, who mostly visits restaurant, fashion and news websites. She is constantly frustrated by the lack of Flash on her iPhone because she can't access lots of content. Restaurants often design their whole site and menus in Flash, as do fashion houses. News websites often have video news articles, and they don't have App Store apps - for example the entire Fairfax network.

Something to keep in mind whilst people preach about the lack of need for Flash on iOS devices. Flash isn't just for Youtube videos - to think so is just ignorance.

RuudJacobs.NET said,
Not so smart, or I am missing something...

Yes, they removed since the servers can't handle the load. More ppl downloading means worse service = bad ratings and less ppl. Now they can prove it's a win deal and find some easy investor cash and buy better servers/bandwidth etc.

lolo you guys think that most people who bought skyfire was to watch utube videos and play flash games?!?! epicfail!!!

The soul purpose is to watch porn flash sites!!!
Porn rules the internet!!! nothing more...

As I watch Flash 10.1 in the pinch-to-zoom-enabled SenseUI browser on my MyTouch 3G Slide, I have to wonder why so many iPhone people think their phone is so superior? :-)

I think the influx of this app is not because it offers FLASH but people are interested to see what it can offer. Again this provides a limited version of FLASH. An app specifically built for a phone will look better than a shrunken down website

SuperKid said,

How come its not on iOS yet then??

Because it's not needed.
Also Apple won't let them near iOS till they fix flash for MacOS, which is a CPU pig and highly unstable.

Hardcore Til I Die said,
Nobody wants flash, eh Steve?

funny how this really has nothign to do with bringing flash content to the iDevices and has more to do with bring video to the iDevices that were stuck behind a pointless layer of Flash. SkyFire gets rid of the Flash part of the equation and it works. If Flash was "needed" this wouldnt work would it.

satus said,
It is clearly that people want Flash. Steve is so stupid and stubborn
You do realize this is for flash VIDEOS and not actual flash content right?

FusionOpz said,
You do realize this is for flash VIDEOS and not actual flash content right?

but they use the flash plugin and thats what brings up error messages in browsers if it crashes

Worked for me...its OK. A bit slow at the moment for some reason, maybe its cause their servers are being rammed by the traffic for Flash to HTML5 conversion.

Also, there is no iPad version or what?

Here is something that ****es me off. I bet a lot of people have tried to bring Flash in one way or another to the iPhone and could have had a share of these profits. But Apple denied them, and NOW they allow one company to do it, earning all the profit?

Seems kinda shady for me.

ccoltmanm said,
Here is something that ****es me off. I bet a lot of people have tried to bring Flash in one way or another to the iPhone and could have had a share of these profits. But Apple denied them, and NOW they allow one company to do it, earning all the profit?

Seems kinda shady for me.

This is not actually bringing flash to the platform and this again only works for flash VIDEOS and not regular flash content...

ccoltmanm said,
Here is something that ****es me off. I bet a lot of people have tried to bring Flash in one way or another to the iPhone and could have had a share of these profits. But Apple denied them, and NOW they allow one company to do it, earning all the profit?

Seems kinda shady for me.

I believe the difference here is that the flash is not being run on your phone as that would not have been allowed, the app is simply a portal to a decoded video which is presented using html 5.

This could just have easily been a web app so I don't see anything special in whats being done here...

I'm not surprised. I would have paid $3 to see if it work... if I cared. I do have Flash on my iPod already. YouTube works flawlessly out of the box.

Seriously, what other 'to die for' sites use Flash? Am I missing what all the hubbub is about? Who gives a #$% about Flash on the iPod/iPhone?

chadlachlanross said,
I'm not surprised. I would have paid $3 to see if it work... if I cared. I do have Flash on my iPod already. YouTube works flawlessly out of the box.

Seriously, what other 'to die for' sites use Flash? Am I missing what all the hubbub is about? Who gives a #$% about Flash on the iPod/iPhone?

I'm pretty sure there are sites like miniclip, armor games and newgrounds that rely heavily on flash, and are pretty popular with kids, teens and some adults.

chadlachlanross said,
I'm not surprised. I would have paid $3 to see if it work... if I cared. I do have Flash on my iPod already. YouTube works flawlessly out of the box.

Seriously, what other 'to die for' sites use Flash? Am I missing what all the hubbub is about? Who gives a #$% about Flash on the iPod/iPhone?

on android if you buy an app u can test then refund if you dont want it...

stablemist said,

I'm pretty sure there are sites like miniclip, armor games and newgrounds that rely heavily on flash, and are pretty popular with kids, teens and some adults.


and most of those games also rely on a mouse and keyboard...

only time i've ever wished i had flash is when i've come to a site like asus and they for some reason use flash to ask me what country i am in... the again googling "asus english site:asus.com" usually fixes such things

I don't think they've ever claimed "nobody wants flash", they've merely held their own ground regardless and asserted that content providers are moving to HTML 5 which will cover a lot of the flash requirements anyway.

Smigit said,
I don't think they've ever claimed "nobody wants flash", they've merely held their own ground regardless and asserted that content providers are moving to HTML 5 which will cover a lot of the flash requirements anyway.
4
HTML 5 only covers video. Flash is not about video.

Martin M. said,

You obviously know nothing about HTML 5.

And you obviously know nothing about Flash. Show me ANY realtime multiplayer online game done with HTML5.

COKid said,
And all I hear from pompous Apple fans is how they have no need for flash content. Yeah, right.

Just because you have no need for it doesn't mean you can't test it out.

superstrikertwo said,

Just because you have no need for it doesn't mean you can't test it out.


So thousands of people have just paid 3 bucks to "test it out"? I think not.

COKid said,
And all I hear from pompous Apple fans is how they have no need for flash content. Yeah, right.

Honestly I was concerned by the "no flash policy" when I bought my first iPhone (an old 3G), but I later realised that almost all the sites I visit support the iPhone by proposing a video format this phone can play... or an app (Break.com for example).

I'm not buying all the Steve Jobs and Apple propaganda by the way. I'm just saying that, personally, I don't miss Flash that much on my iPhone 4.

myxomatosis said,

Honestly I was concerned by the "no flash policy" when I bought my first iPhone (an old 3G), but I later realised that almost all the sites I visit support the iPhone by proposing a video format this phone can play... or an app (Break.com for example).

I'm not buying all the Steve Jobs and Apple propaganda by the way. I'm just saying that, personally, I don't miss Flash that much on my iPhone 4.

+1

myxomatosis said,

Honestly I was concerned by the "no flash policy" when I bought my first iPhone (an old 3G), but I later realised that almost all the sites I visit support the iPhone by proposing a video format this phone can play... or an app (Break.com for example).

I'm not buying all the Steve Jobs and Apple propaganda by the way. I'm just saying that, personally, I don't miss Flash that much on my iPhone 4.

+2

Even on my Windows 7 desktop and my MacBook I avoid flash sites like the plague (except YouTube). Heck I think only 5% of sites I visit actually use flash.

superstrikertwo said,

Just because you have no need for it doesn't mean you can't test it out.

They must be doing a lot more than testing, because if it were 'just testing' there wouldn't be such a huge strain on their servers.

FusionOpz said,
+2

Even on my Windows 7 desktop and my MacBook I avoid flash sites like the plague (except YouTube). Heck I think only 5% of sites I visit actually use flash.


why do you avoid them? If you use chrome flash is integrated well to avoid problems

zikalify said,

why do you avoid them? If you use chrome flash is integrated well to avoid problems
Because I have my own personal hate for flash that's been around since I started doing webdeisgn

myxomatosis said,

Honestly I was concerned by the "no flash policy" when I bought my first iPhone (an old 3G), but I later realised that almost all the sites I visit support the iPhone by proposing a video format this phone can play... or an app (Break.com for example).

I'm not buying all the Steve Jobs and Apple propaganda by the way. I'm just saying that, personally, I don't miss Flash that much on my iPhone 4.

Damn straight.. not once have I ever been like "aww damn I really wanted to view that site but I couldnt cos it was in flash.." get over it..

COKid said,
And all I hear from pompous Apple fans is how they have no need for flash content. Yeah, right.

I don't -- the sites I visit already provide video clips in a compatible format.

And playing Flash games on a mobile phone has to be horrible.

myxomatosis said,

Honestly I was concerned by the "no flash policy" when I bought my first iPhone (an old 3G), but I later realised that almost all the sites I visit support the iPhone by proposing a video format this phone can play... or an app (Break.com for example).

I'm not buying all the Steve Jobs and Apple propaganda by the way. I'm just saying that, personally, I don't miss Flash that much on my iPhone 4.


Don't let Steve Jobs fool you. Flash is not about video. It's about cool flash games (even online multiplayer games). Apple doesn't want you to be able to get games for free (not from app store).

Northgrove said,

And playing Flash games on a mobile phone has to be horrible.

There are plenty of sites which have mobile flash games, Kongregate for one. They are practically identical to playing a game locally installed so it's far from horrible

zikalify said,

why do you avoid them? If you use chrome flash is integrated well to avoid problems
And if you have flashblock you'll see just how rare it is that you need to enable it..

Oddly enough the only site I want it always enabled on it doesn't work ( logmein ) because they use unique domain names every time you connect to your computer

myxomatosis said,

Honestly I was concerned by the "no flash policy" when I bought my first iPhone (an old 3G), but I later realised that almost all the sites I visit support the iPhone by proposing a video format this phone can play... or an app (Break.com for example).

I'm not buying all the Steve Jobs and Apple propaganda by the way. I'm just saying that, personally, I don't miss Flash that much on my iPhone 4.


I don't either but that doesn't mean that I don't want the option to install it if I want too.

COKid said,
And all I hear from pompous Apple fans is how they have no need for flash content. Yeah, right.

I have no need for Flash none of the sites I visit regularly use it, doesn't mean another person doesn't need it, and just because somebody else "needs" it, doesn't mean i do.
And more then likely a lot of the people that think they need flash, more then likely see just creative pages, or java and not flash.

FusionOpz said,
+2

Even on my Windows 7 desktop and my MacBook I avoid flash sites like the plague (except YouTube). Heck I think only 5% of sites I visit actually use flash.

On MacBook Pro especially... I can tell when Flash content is loaded because my processor fan switches to full speed.

It's naive to think that Flash support isn't important. Many of the sites I rely on for work require Flash or Java, which was the sole reason I didn't get an iPad for work - it would have been useless.

Here are some Flash sites I use regularly: Steam, Gametrailers, YouTube, The Escapist, Collegehumor, Skillport, etc.

Anyway, it's NOT for Steve Jobs to dictate how the internet operates.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It's naive to think that Flash support isn't important. Many of the sites I rely on for work require Flash or Java, which was the sole reason I didn't get an iPad for work - it would have been useless.

Here are some Flash sites I use regularly: Steam, Gametrailers, YouTube, The Escapist, Collegehumor, Skillport, etc.

Anyway, it's NOT for Steve Jobs to dictate how the internet operates.


Just pointing out that College humor is on YouTube, so are all game trailers and Escapist videos. All iDevices have a YouYube app built in.

The fact that you need flash for Skillport reflects poorly on Skillport. It blatantly points out that Skillport is neither Scorm conformant or 508 compliant and probably should catch up to the rest of the industry.

Not sure what you are complaining about with Steam. I can view their site just fine with both my iPhone and my Nexus one. All the videos on the site are on YouTube also so I can view them there. The ads on the site are all done using Javascript which works on all mobile devices to include iDevices. What else is missing?

You are right. It is not for Steve Jobs to dictate how the internet operates but it is up to him how iDevices operate which is exactly what he is doing.
iDevice != Internet