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Skyfire Racks In Nearly 1M on App Store

Tuesday Mountain View, Calif.-based Skyfire said that its mobile web browser saw over 300,000 downloads from the Apple App Store over the weekend, racking in at least $897,000 USD at $2.99 per download--before Apple's 30-percent cut. The news arrives just days after Skyfire yanked the browser from Apple's App Store due to high demand overloading the Skyfire servers.

The big deal with Skyfire is that it brings Flash video to Apple's iOS. As reported earlier this year, the Android version of Skyfire proved to work in most cases, sending the Flash video element out to its servers for transcoding and then piping the converted HTML5 video back to the device. When the browser discovered a Flash video it could convert, the Video section of the browser's Skybar prompted a pop-up window containing its built-in video player. If nothing appeared, then the conversion didn't work

When Skyfire brought the browser to the Apple App Store last week, the company had to pull the app five hours later. After our report, Skyfire CEO Jeffrey Glueck said that the app would be available again in first-come, first-serve batches. Tuesday's announcement said that this slow approach proved successful in meeting the demand "while ensuring a quality browsing experience."

Skyfire reports that the browser is now available for everyone in North America, and there are plans to add additional country support within the next few weeks. The Android version of Skyfire 2.0 has been available on the Android Market for quite some time, seeing over a million downloads since its debut and costing Android owners absolutely nothing.

Skyfire 2.0 for iPhone is available for $2.99 in the Apple App Store or at get.skyfire.com.

  • yao
    more like a victory of flash player in iphone.. I still don't understand why apple block flash completely.
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  • nick8191
    Flash on the iphone! Looks like Steve Job lost this round :)
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  • rawoysters
    Take that Apple!
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  • samely
    Remember, Flash is bad, and no one wants Flash. Oh wait...
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  • jomofro39
    Flash! a-ah!
    Savior of the Universe!
    Flash!
    He save everyone of us!
    Flash!
    He's a miracle!
    Flash!
    King of the impossible!
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  • dalethepcman
    I find it hilarious that Steve will have successfully made the creators of skyfire millions of dollars by not allowing Flash on his beloved iOS.
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  • alexttlyrocks
    nick8191Flash on the iphone! Looks like Steve Job lost this round
    not really, because in the end it still converts it to HTML5. wasn't that what jobs wanted in the first place?
    I still don't understand why jobs is seen as the devil for providing quality products. if you want more 'open source' android is a fantastic alternative.
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  • nukemaster
    Not quite a win. I mean by not having flash, people buy this to convert it. In the end Apple still gets to take 30% of that. for what? hosting it on there app store?
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  • tommysch
    Flash is BAD except if you make 30% of the profits. There's an app for that!

    alexttlyrocksnot really, because in the end it still converts it to HTML5. wasn't that what jobs wanted in the first place?I still don't understand why jobs is seen as the devil for providing quality products. if you want more 'open source' android is a fantastic alternative.
    Dont be so harsh on the Devil...
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  • LePhuronn
    alexttlyrocksI still don't understand why jobs is seen as the devil for providing quality products
    Well when he provides a quality product we'll let him off the hook.

    Until then, he'll continue to be derided for his arrogant, close-minded, petty, insulting and childish behaviour and company policy, and the underpowered, overpriced and decidedly mediocre (and not even that well built any more) products.
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