Skyfire for the iPad is finally live. After the mega success of their first iOS release, Skyfire has finally gotten the go ahead from Apple. So as of 5pm PST Skyfire for iPad is available for download.
We all know about the problems Skyfire Labs had back in November when they released the iPhone version. The demand on the Skyfire video transcoding servers was so high, the company was forced to pull the app almost immediately.
You can expect all the same goodies to be in this release, that are in the iPhone version. zThere is one big difference in this version, you get to use it and browse the web on a beautiful 9.7 inch iPad screen!
For those of you that are wondering if it play Flash, I can tell you first hand it does. It’s a bit slow to load, but you can view Flash videos. Don’t expect Hulu to work, cause as we all know Hulu doesn’t allow it. Instead there are tons of other good video sites out there that do work.
Here is a rundown of what Skyfire for iPad has to offer:
- Flash Video
- Facebook & Twitter QuickView
- Fireplace Feed Reader
- Popular Content
- Google Reader
- Facebook Like Button
- Private Browsing
I just got my hands on the app late tonight, so after I play around with it for a bit, I should have a review and my opinion on the release sometime tomorrow morning. In the mean time for those of you that can’t wait, you can head over to the iTunes App Store and download it now for $4.99.
Skyfire Launches First iPad Browser for the Social Networking Generation
Mountain View, Calif. – December 22, 2010. Right in time for Christmas, Apple has approved Skyfire for iPad, the first alternative iPad browser with support for videos designed for Adobe® Flash® Player. The browser also features deep social-media integration from Facebook and Twitter, as well as comprehensive tools from Google.
Skyfire for iPad will be available at 5pm PST today in the U.S. App Store. Stay tuned for additional country availability announcements to follow. Consumers can follow Skyfire at www.twitter.com/Skyfire or at www.facebook.com/GetSkyfire.iphone for the most current launch information.
Right in Time for the Holiday:
Thanks to the approval, Christmas has come early for consumers frustrated with the lack of support on the iPad for videos designed for Flash Player. According to a survey by Business Insider, browsing is the single most popular activity on iPads—more than email, social network apps, and games combined. Thanks to Skyfire, great browsing and social network access, plus wider video access, are now available on the popular tablet.
What’s in Skyfire for iPad:
Skyfire is the first mobile browser built for the social-media generation. Skyfire’s cloud-enabled toolbars include:
- · Video –The “Video” icon enables you to play millions of videos designed for Flash Player that otherwise don’t play on iOS devices. This unlocks content typically trapped behind error messages, question marks and blue Legos, by transcoding the Flash Video content into Apple-approved formats on Skyfire’s servers.
- · Facebook and Twitter QuickView – Get instant access to your News Feed, profile, friends, inbox, events and Places.
- · FireplaceTM Feed Reader – A simple but addictive tool that provides a filtered list of your Facebook feed that only includes media your friends are sharing—just the links to browsable web pages, images, and videos posted by your Facebook friends.
- · Popular Content – You just finished reading a story on one of your favoriteweb sites and want to quickly decide what to read next. Click on the Popular button on the SkyBarTM and instantly see what content on that site is most popular with your friends and within the 500+ million user Facebook community.
- · Google Reader – As with Facebook Quickview, Google Reader keeps you logged into Google with one-touch access to Gmail, Buzz, and RSS.
- · Universal Like Button – Skyfire for iPad puts the Facebook Like Button on every page of the Internet. No scrolling around searching for the button on the page; simply click on the SkybarTM Like Button to easily ‘like’ or ‘unlike’ the page you are viewing or to share
the page with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, or email. Instead of the one million sites reportedly incorporating Facebook Connect today, now the Like button is available on a billion sites across the internet.
Skyfire for iPad follows on the heels of an incredibly-successful launch on iPhone and iPod touch. Within five hours of its November 3 U.S. launch, Skyfire became the top grossing, top paid and top utility app before hitting over 300,000 downloads by its first weekend
“We hope Skyfire becomes the must-have iPad app for the holiday season by playing millions of previously-unviewable videos and through groundbreaking social media integration,” said Jeff Glueck, CEO of Skyfire.
Great for Wi-Fi and Data-optimized for AT&T network:
Not only does Skyfire enable video for Flash Player while adhering to Apple’s guidelines, it offers a major enhancement to video data compression for AT&T and other wireless carriers. Skyfire compresses video data by an average of 75 percent, reducing buffer time, enhancing battery life and easing the network congestion that has caused user complaints in major metropolitan areas.