The Skyfire smartphone browser has had its hands on Flash vids for a long time now, across different OSes and devices. Stories were circulating that the crackerjack developers behind this tech were setting their sights on the iPhone, a fact that they confirmed after Opera got the â€œopen sesameâ€ into the App Store.
Now, Skyfire has moved forward by submitting its own app for Apple review. And if it gets accepted, iOS users will finally get to experience Adobe Flash videos on their devices.
How is it doing this? And would Cupertino ever allow it? Not natively, no. If the companyâ€™s militant â€œapp patrolâ€ ever found that an application was somehow enabling Flash to run directly on the platform, you can bet it would get yanked at whiplash-inducing speed. No, no, that wouldnâ€™t be good, and Skyfire knows it. Instead, the developer came up with another solution, namely converting Flash vids to Apple-compliant HTML 5 on the fly.
I have to say, the experience looks really good. Check it out for yourself in the demo vid below using a real iPhone 4.
It appears we iOS users may be on the verge of finally getting a decent Flash video solution. And over time, weâ€™ve also gotten a lot of our main gripes addressed, including MMS, multitasking, HD video recording, and multiple Exchange account support. It also seems those poor souls battling proximity sensor woes and other glitches will get their due very soon, in software update 4.1 next week.
In terms of features, are you still waiting for anything else? For me, improved notifications still tops my revised iOS wish list. Whatâ€™s on yours?