Skyfire Eyes the iPhone

By  |  Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Mobile browser maker Skyfire is congratulating rival Opera for the arrival of Opera Mini on the iPhone App Store–and saying that it wants to put its browser on the iPhone (and, it sounds like, the iPad). Which is interesting not only because it’s a neat product, but because it could put Flash sites on the iPhone without putting Flash on the iPhone–like Mini, Skyfire caches and compresses sites on the server, but it goes further by transmitting everything–including Flash video, audio, and interactivity–to the phone.

Wonder how Apple (not to mention Adobe) would feel about that?


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  1. Hamranhansenhansen Says:

    You don’t need Skyfire to do this on iPad, there is a Cisco app for this that was in iPad Store on day 1. You can remote into any PC software you want: Flash, PowerPoint, VisualStudio, more. There’s a YouTube video of somebody running Windows 95 on their iPad. You can do this on iPhone and iPod also, and probably on Droid. It’s a lot of work to go through to run video when your mobile already has a built-in hardware ISO video player, but it is the only way you can get Hulu running on a mobile device since its ISO video is locked up in Flash.

    I would bet Apple feels *great* when people buy an iPad to use it as a dumb terminal. Adobe probably doesn’t feel great because this just makes it even more obvious that Flash is PC software that doesn’t run on mobiles.

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