Skyfire for iPhone to bring Flash and Silverlight content

Following last week’s approval of Opera Mini into the App Store, the Skyfire team is now looking to bring their mobile web browser to Apple. Posted on their company blog, CEO Jeff Glueck congratulated the Opera team and teased at upcoming support for ‘iDevices’.

Skyfire, similar to Opera Mini, renders all web content through a remote server running the Gecko engine and presents it to users on their mobile device. Users can consequently view Flash, Silverlight, and Quicktime content on the web without needing the respective plugins or a powerful device. 

With yesterday’s news that Apple has approved OperaMini as a browser in the iPhone app store, competition in the mobile browser space took a big step forward.

Everyone at Skyfire was heartened by this decision by Apple, to open up their platform and believe this sets a solid precedent for additional innovation in mobile browsing from other companies.

Skyfire believes this approval is a solid first step and there’s still major consumer demand for great rich media and video browsing on these devices. Our philosophy is that enhanced speed AND all the rich media of the web can be together in one browser.

The Skyfire team has been watching the Opera submission and the iPhone/iPad market closely, and this will certainly accelerate our strategy on iDevices. Nothing to announce now, but stay tuned for news. If you want to stay updated, please follow Skyfire on Facebook or Twitter and be the first to hear.

Congrats again to Team Apple and Team Opera, you made the consumer the biggest winner this week.

Jeff

Here’s a demo of Skyfire 1.5 for Symbian S60 devices:

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So let me get this straight: Skyfire is using proxy servers at their end to download and upload data that the user posts and requests, including sensitive information like passwords, SSN, Credit card numbers to name a few, and then they compress it to send it back to the phone. Is this what they are doing?

well, if you ask me. all the concerns on flash, is CPU and crashes. if all that is done on the other side, then theres no excuse to say no, other than pettiness. it cant crash the phone and its not using the phones CPU. it will follow all the rules, and there will be no compatibility layer. if they do say no. then that will be without a dote, 100% anticompetitive against adobe flash. and the EU will rip them a new one.
(Apple is becoming the early Microsoft, stomping on all, that gets in there way!)

This will be denied before it's even submitted. I'd be surprised if Jobs hasn't called the Skyfire folks already and said, "Don't even bother. That ish will never happen."

Hmm... But will the Flash/Silvelright be interactive? I can't see how it can be, using this method. Maybe one can at best play streaming videos though.

Northgrove said,
Hmm... But will the Flash/Silvelright be interactive? I can't see how it can be, using this method. Maybe one can at best play streaming videos though.

Yep, you can interact with them using Skyfire... at least you can on Skyfire for Windows Mobile so I assume you will be able to on all other platforms ^_^

It's a bit choppy, but it works fine. It's quite rare that I've seen Skyfire mangle a page. The only issue I've had with it is that the connection does time out if you leave the phone on a static page for more than a couple moments, and bringing it back can take a while and doesn't work 100% of the time. If I don't need full fidelity and don't need to use complex JavaScript forms, I usually just have Google reparse the Internet to text-only and run it through my crappy Pocket IE. Good caching is Pocket IE's only redeeming feature, and I sorely miss it in Skyfire.

Edited by random_n, Apr 20 2010, 11:16pm :

Awesome idea. "Hey, Flash is already crappy. Let's stream it from a server frame by frame and hope it does okay!"

What's the point?

Elliott said,
Awesome idea. "Hey, Flash is already crappy. Let's stream it from a server frame by frame and hope it does okay!"

What's the point?

But it does work really well.....how about you try it.

I've now tested it on my Nokia E71 (Symbianh S60 v3, non-touchscreen) and I have to say that flash works indeed but this app sžÉ"ns if you ask me.. it is very hard to navigate in the pages :-/
I think I will keep working on Opera Mobile 10 as this is the best app to browse on the internet for both my Nokia E71 and my iPod Touch

ccoltmanm said,
Sounds like another headline grabber "iPhone to get Flash"... please.

But this does bring Flash and Silverlight to the iPhone....if it is approved...

andrewbares said,

But this does bring Flash and Silverlight to the iPhone....if it is approved...

No, it doesn't.

It's like playing a youtube video of Some Console only game, that's "bringing" it to Windows.

li_007 said,
Just hope that Apple doesnt block Opera or Skyfire now... After hearing the possibility of flash..

Know what? They'll do, since it won't be parsing in their own language...