Skyfire for iPhone returning to App Store on limited basis. First come, first serve.

Skyfire App Store

Skyfire, the Flash-transcoding browser for iPhone, will slowly, carefully be returning to the App Store today in small amounts and for limited times.:

We are going to open batches of downloads for new users over the coming days. The first batch will be in a few minutes on the Apple App Store. It will be first come, first serve.

Due to overwhelming demand, we are taking this approach because Skyfire believes a good user experience should come first, and we would rather have fewer, happier customers, and add new users as we can support them. We will open the first batches to US users only, with additional country support to follow shortly.

Please note that there may be some initial congestion as a flood of new users simultaneously try to use the service, but try again an hour later and things should smooth out.

We expect to open more batches frequently over the coming days.

So yes, they removed it because the demand from iPhone users was melting their transcoding servers (the machines that convert unsupported Flash to supported H.264 on the fly), but they'll slowly be letting it back out. And it's up to you to get

Solution or confusion? Let us know in the comments...

[Skyfire blog, thanks to our good friend Phil for the heads-up!]

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Skyfire for iPhone returning to App Store on limited basis. First come, first serve.


Just remember, you're not buying an app, you're buying a service. As far as I know, all of your browsing will run through their servers. Caveat emptor.

Just to clarify, Flash Video (FLV) is a container like AVI, not a video codec.
h.264 is a video codec and many (if not the majority now) Flash videos are encoded with h.264, which is how you get hardware acceleration with Flash 10.1 on macs.
So I don't think they have to transcode the videos in many cases and instead only have to repackage them for the HTTP streaming, but I guess they might still be resizing or something (shouldn't have to though unless it is more than 720p)

To all the people comparing opera mini and skyfire regarding servers there is a difference , skyfires servers are only for TRANSCODING not surfing (like opera) you are actually using safari to browse .

Just grabbed it up, even though a search for it didn't display it. When you enter the full name (skyfire) in the AppStore's search field, it displayed the app for me and upon reading the mixed reviews, I decided to just go for it. I haven't tried it out yet because I want to purchase My3G from Cydia first, which, of course, let's you get the same speed and performance for anything streamed (e.g. YouTube, CNN Video, Netflix, Skype, etc.) over 3G as you do over WiFi, signal strength permitting.
All this while I'm tethering to the tune of 3GB in as many days using TetherMe ($1.99 if you don't want to pay to play WiFi HotSpot :D w/ MyWi).
The fact that this iPhone 4 is still getting better all the time is astounding. And for those of you tethering using the native, integrated tethering from Apple, how pretty is that blue, pulsating stripe?

It us amazing how the amount of downloads this app got. From reading this forum, seems like everyone hated flash. If skyfire can get it right, may be apple will rethink flash. I doubt it. They are too busy coming up with volume slider widgets, and such. I still do not like flash due to security holes. Who ever thought you would need a virus program for an iPhone. That may be the next step.

They'll make millions off people who are rushing into purchasing this while thinking they'll be able to view Flash-built sites. By the time people realize it's not all it's cracked up to be, it won't matter. They'll laugh all the way to the bank with hundreds of thousands sold.

You guys are the idiots who are payin for somthing apple should provide its like buying a car then having to pay for head lights wipers rims tires its all so retarded you people are like slaves to apples app store

Actually, it works just fine. A few videos here and there won't work, so what...btw, I'm up to 4.6GB in tethering now. Imma break 10 this month. Yes I can.

Reserving judgment until they are running at 100%... still only playing 1 out 3 sites we picked to test starting Wednesday. If Apple would just allow the owners of an iPad to install Flash if they want it on a device they own all these silliness would be behind us and the iPad would evolve more quickly into tool and not a toy.

The browser is only for $3, but I don't see why someone would need a flash browser on an iphone. There's literally an app for everything.

The browser is only for $3, but I don't see why someone would need a flash browser on an iphone. There's literally an app on the iphone for everything.