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  • Skyfire Developer Pulls Own App for Being Too Successful


    Flash on iOS devices has been a hotly debated topic ever since the iPhone was first introduced three years ago. Apple and Adobe have not been able to resolve their differences during this time and there seems to be no end in sight. There is hope, however, and it lies with a new WebKit app called Skyfire. It’s not a perfect solution to flash on the iPhone, but it does give people access to a large number of Flash videos on the web. Unfortunately, Skyfire removed the app voluntarily soon after it was introduced.

    The first five hours of Skyfire’s initial release went quite well. Enthusiasm for the app was so great that it overwhelmed their server’s capacity to deliver video at a reasonable rate. In just five hours, Skyfire became the top grossing app and the third highest paid app overall. This is quite an impressive feat, to say the least.

    In the past, there have been many eagerly anticipated apps. When Skyfire launched with Apple’s blessing, there was no way for the company to know just how popular their app would become. “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,” said Robert on the Skyfire website.

    I was fortunate enough to download Skyfire while it was still available and I can say that I was impressed with its ease of use and video quality. It was great being able to watch an episode of The Daily Show on my iPhone instead of having to go to my computer. Later in the day, I thought I’d watch something else on a different website, but was greeted with this message when I opened the app:



    I have not been able to watch any Flash videos since this morning when I first bought the app. On the Skyfire website, the company says it is working to increase its capacity to meet demand. Hopefully they generated enough income to purchase a few more servers and will get them up and running quickly. With so many iOS users clamoring for more video content on their portable devices, I hope the company can resolve all of its technical issues and get the app back in the App Store quickly.

    Skyfire was pulled not for violation of terms, but because it was just too popular. This is an unprecedented event in the history of the App Store. Flash may be on its way out, according to Apple, but if the success of this app is any indication, Flash will be with us a while longer. Now, if Hulu would just get on board and not lock everyone out of their site that uses an iPhone, I would be very happy indeed.

    Source: Skyfire
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Skyfire Developer Pulls Own App for Being Too Successful started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 51 Comments
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      At last a decent way to get to watch most of the videos on the net, Jobs may be telling websites to use html5 but at the moment most webmasters aren't listening to him especially outside the US
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iN2K View Post
      I just watched steaming pr0n...the iPhone is now perfect.
      lmao
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      When is this app going to be back? I wanted to buy it. I miss out on everything.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by that_girl View Post
      When is this app going to be back? I wanted to buy it. I miss out on everything.
      It's still in the hack store, but I will say buy it when it comes back to the app store
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      if i cant watch animefreak or animeseed...then i will stick with crunchy roll
    1. DeMoN100's Avatar
      DeMoN100 -
      I just downloaded it 2 seconds ago I went on YouTube watch videos works fine for me. Streams perfectly I saw that overload message but everything works just fine for me in streaming. Quality is perfect took me 5 seconds to load a 1:30min video
    1. cat2115's Avatar
      cat2115 -
      this is funny.. majority of iDevice fan all said crab about flash and html5 rule the world but when skyfire released, it sold out in few hours
    1. die glocke's Avatar
      die glocke -
      Quote Originally Posted by ArDottCeeDuble View Post
      so we cant use it anymore?
      i watched a video last night so the servers r still up and running
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      Skyfire is back! I watched a video on Redtube.com hehehe :-D
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      The dev said they will release it in waves till they get everything in order.

      Quote Originally Posted by cat2115 View Post
      this is funny.. majority of iDevice fan all said crab about flash and html5 rule the world but when skyfire released, it sold out in few hours
      Actually there are quiet a few people out there that been wanting flash and still do.
    1. dustin4vn's Avatar
      dustin4vn -
      get this QUOTE IN UR MIND STEVE JOBS...
      "SOMETHING GOOD IS SOMETHING NEEDED.... "
      Finally