Looks like the legions of iPhone users are pretty keen to get Flash video on their device with news that Skyfire 2.0 mobile web browser has effectively “sold out.” Within five hours of being released on iTunes, the Skyfire Flash video solution shot to the head of the top grossing app list and third highest paid app overall and overloaded the Skyfire servers, leaving potential buyers staring at the “Please Upgrade Flash” message while the folks at Skyfire Labs scramble to increase capacity.

The browser was able to get approval from Apple since it doesn’t actually process the Flash video on the device. Rather, the video is rendered at Skyfire’s servers and re-encoded in a HTML 5-compatible format before being relayed to the phone. For this reason, although they’ll be able to view Flash video, iPhone users still won’t be able to play Flash games or view any other type of Flash content.

  1. ikelleigh says:

    Lots of people need that Flash porn on the road!

  2. ECA says:

    Run remote from your machine..
    Converted to HTML5..
    And all its good for is movies, and not games and other Options??

    You spent HOW MUCH?? and I get it free. If I want it or not.

  3. Tom says:

    No one ever accused the iFolks of being smart…

  4. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    how the hell do you sell out of software?

  5. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    Hello. Receiving department? Yea, my truck broke down on I-80 near Ogallala, Nebraska. I should have that hot load of bits to you by Monday. Hope that doesn’t present a problem. Goodbye.

  6. Holdfast says:

    I think you sell out of server capacity. Fanbois will be hoping they got their sums right!

  7. bill says:

    Skyfire’s folks are pretty clever!
    Their software should be built into every router on earth.

  8. jescott418 says:

    Just shows how wrong Steve Jobs is about Flash. Sorry Steve but you need a taste of reality once in a while.

  9. Zybch says:

    #8 Steve’s decision to omit flash was NEVER anything more than part of his long running feud against adobe. It certainly wasn’t about what was best for customers or the illusionary battery draining capabilities of flash. My Galaxy S runs it fine and no appreciable difference in battery life.

  10. The Dude says:

    Flash is yesterday’s tech. Get over it.

  11. ECA says:

    For those that dont get it..
    This program LOADS the Adobie on another machine, RENDERS it to HTML5, then sends it to the unit.
    THATS why its only for movies/video..

    There are 3 parts to Adobe.
    Flash player
    Adobe reader.

  12. ernesto says:

    They sold all 20 copies.

  13. Yankinwaoz says:

    #11… AND that is why they sold out.

    Unlike AT&T, they didn’t want to oversubscribe their service.

  14. The Monster's Lawyer says:

    #13 Jerkoff – I don’t think that is logical. Limiting application availability does not necessarily limit server usage. And if they were worried about bandwidth usage maybe they should not be rolling it out now.
    If anything it might be a lame attempt to use the low supply side to increase demand that hardware makers use. This model just don’t work for software available over the intertubes.

  15. Counterweight says:

    I’m quite happy with my Android but any of you Apple cores out there should know that Skyfire is a pretty nifty browser. I used to have an Omnia with WinMob (I know, I know) and searching the web was almost impossible until I put Skyfire on it. Nice piece of software.

    Those of you above who still can;t figure out how they oversold – RTFA. They sold so many copies they overloaded their servers. POk. So they didn’t sell more than they planned, wanted or could have – just more than they were electronically capable of.

  16. sargasso_c says:

    Flash is bloody horrible and Adobe management really need a sharp reminder that they can’t rest on their laurels. I remove ALL Adobe software as a matter of course on all my client’s PCs and Macs, and instantly increase their processing speed by at least 20%. These are physicists and mathematicians, not bloggers and consultants. I had my doubts about Mr. Jobs’ comments about Adobe, like everyone else, but in circumspect they were all remarkably accurate. Just MHO.


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