SkyFire is a web browser for Nokia and Android devices that plays Flash video by transcoding it on their servers. They also optimize the video so that it loads faster than it generally would. Data savings of up to 70% are possible via SkyFire.
This is a first look at the Skyfire 2.0 Mobile Browser for iPhone which will be shortly submitted to Apple for their potential approval. This is not the final version that will be released to the public, just a quick demo of the mobile browser running on iOS4. Skyfire is known for its ability to bring Flash videos to mobile platforms.
Skyfire 2.0 is the first mobile browser built for the social media generation and makes the mobile Internet experience faster, Flash-enabled and fun, including smart media recommendations.
What’s in Skyfire 2.0 for iPhone:
• Flash Video –The “Video” icon enables users to play millions of Flash videos around the web that otherwise do not play on mobile. This unlocks content trapped behind those error messages with question marks and blue Legos by transcoding the Flash content into HTML5 on Skyfire’s servers.
• Related Content – The “Explore” icon brings the most relevant content on the Internet to a user’s fingertips based on what they are viewing at the time. The Explore button pulls video, buzz, news, images and other sites from the web based on what is on the current page.
SkyFire only play Flash videos but not games and other such content. It’ll be a welcome addition to the iPhone app ecosystem and will allow a lot more video to run on it without websites having to format their content specifically for iOS devices.
SkyFire has been submitted to Apple for approval. They’re pretty confident that they’ll get the green signal for Apple since Opera, which uses their own proxies to render websites, also made it to the App Store.