Flash on the iPhone revisited

Think iPhone users have forgotten about Flash on their iPhones? Think again.

Early November, Skyfire Labs released an iOS browser that promised to play Flash content, it seemed they had a hit on their hands. But no one imagined how quickly this would happen. According to Skyfire Labs, its $3 Skyfire Web Browser app became the top grossing app in the App Store within five hours – far exceeding the company’s initial projections and forcing it to temporarily stop selling the app to reduce strain on its servers.

How does it work?

To play a Flash video on a Website, Skyfire uploads the video to its servers, converts it to the iOS-friendly HTML5 format, and streams it back to the device. It’s a server-intensive process that is vulnerable to server overloads if the demand gets too high. Skyfire Labs says is working to increase its server capacity and will be accepting new purchases from the App Store as soon as their servers can support them.

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