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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. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by mudrock1000 View Post
      Well it does that because there can be alot of flash content on a particular website. I Use that setting myself on my nexus. If you had a clusterfuck of flash content going, then your phone would die out pretty fast I think

      However there should be a feature for that. Not gonna lie.
      I suppose you could be right but how do we know for sure?!?! When I (used to) use Frash and I'd enable (just for fun) all the Flash ads to play at once I didn't notice a decrease in battery life or speed.

      Now, that might be the case for 2G, 3G users whose processors are slower but my old 3GSand my ip4 ran it like a champ!

      I'm just thinking (like u said) that there at least needs to be an option to enable 'true' Flash playback cuz I don't wanna waist my time clicking on an unknown ad that Skyfire popped up as an 'important' video (in a separate window) assuming that I would want to watch it....does that make sense?!?!
    1. WhiskeyKarma's Avatar
      WhiskeyKarma -
      You would think that this kind of reaction to a browser with some Flash would say "Hey Steve Jobs, HTML5 is great and all but maybe you should develop what your customers actually want"...If Apple spent half the time, money, and resources that they used to develop Facetime, Game Center, and the ****** Apple Store App, on developing an efficient Flash integration, people would be thrilled and Apple would get even more Android and Blackberry users to switch to iPhone. I'd rather have Flash then Facetime or Game Center...
    1. jimilee's Avatar
      jimilee -
      go to cydia and searcg for skyf1re take note the i is a 1 seems to work pretty well,crashed but I restarted my iphone and now seems to work good BUT i had to remove frash first!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Watched tons of NBA.com vids yesterday
    1. mvhurlburt's Avatar
      mvhurlburt -
      This is probably the best safari alternative out there. I personally though opera kinda sucked, though there were a few features that I enjoyed. iCab also had a few nice features but each time I found myself returning to Mobile Safari because apple did it right there though it really could use a built-in search-in-page and download manager. Those two things are my biggest qualms with Skyfire too. I think since the UI is pretty similar to safari it makes me feel right at home and makes it fairly easy to get used to. I love the flash-to-HTML5 video conversion and how they've implemented web searches. It's still a little laggy from time to time and I would love to see search in page and a dl manager implemented but aside from that Skyfire is off to a great start! Hopefully they'll get some additional servers up and running to handle the iDemand and we'll see this app back in the store sometime soon!
    1. Ashanx's Avatar
      Ashanx -
      bah nm God.tv doesn't work and The other switched over to html5 look like cuz it works in safari.
    1. Tashawn's Avatar
      Tashawn -
      Pirate versions of this application is going to increase badly. That's still going to stress the servers.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      I totally missed it! There was an article before release and now one to let me know I am too late. Perhaps it would have been prudent to post an announcement when it was actually available for download.
    1. karong's Avatar
      karong -
      I got it before it went down and it worked well for me but im not the type that needs to have flash. I was perfectly fine without it but if i have it then cool, if not no big deal. thats why I have a laptop. I had it on my Evo and it was still kinda choppy but will work in a pinch. Cant wait till the servers are back up so i can test it out further.
    1. topless1967stang's Avatar
      topless1967stang -
      A company like Google, that can handle the bandwidth, should buy out the company.
    1. 01grander's Avatar
      01grander -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tashawn View Post
      Pirate versions of this application is going to increase badly. That's still going to stress the servers.
      I'm wondering if they have a way of tracking that(legitimately bought ecid vs non). I'm assuming since they don't even have enough capacity for launch day that they havent thought that far ahead.
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      This should prove to Apple that people do want flash on their phones!
    1. cypherpunk's Avatar
      cypherpunk -
      Wish I hadn't bought this. Frankly I want my money back.

      Actually, since the developer themselves is basically admitting that their app isn't fit for purpose, I probably have good grounds to ask Apple for a refund. Too much hassle for a couple dollars though.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by cypherpunk View Post
      Wish I hadn't bought this. Frankly I want my money back.

      Actually, since the developer themselves is basically admitting that their app isn't fit for purpose, I probably have good grounds to ask Apple for a refund. Too much hassle for a couple dollars though.
      Ps they won't give you a refund only an iTunes credit, trust me I've done it
    1. JacquesChirac's Avatar
      JacquesChirac -
      there's something fishy here
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      I wasn't really impressed. It took the video quite a while to load on my phone, and it was on wi-fi! The rest of the app is cool but the real point was the flash part and after using it for a while I realized that I didn't need flash and I decided to delete it. Thankfully I got it cracked cuz now that its not working I would be so disappointed if I would have wasted 3 bucks on this.
    1. iN2K's Avatar
      iN2K -
      I just watched steaming pr0n...the iPhone is now perfect.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Lol
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by cypherpunk View Post
      Wish I hadn't bought this. Frankly I want my money back.

      Actually, since the developer themselves is basically admitting that their app isn't fit for purpose, I probably have good grounds to ask Apple for a refund. Too much hassle for a couple dollars though.
      You agree to the iTunes Store EULA that your purchases are final so you can't really do anything about it although some people have been successful in getting their money back.

      This app sounds better than Frash.
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      to me flash = crash....but in this case I might reconsider?!?