Skyfire Rakes in Nearly $1 Million in First Weekend

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Last week, we reported on the launch of Skyfire Web Browser, a new browser for iOS that enables viewing of Flash video content. The app, priced at $2.99, was quickly yanked from the App Store due to its popularity overwhelming Skyfire's servers used to convert Flash content to HTML5 format, but has since returned in limited "batches" as capacity allows.

    MobileCrunch notes that Skyfire pulled in gross receipts of nearly $1 million from the App Store over the app's launch weekend.
    The company has already revealed that it is working on an iPad-native version of Skyfire Web Browser, which will apparently not be released as a universal version of the existing app, as the company recommends that those who use the iPad as their primary iOS browser hold off from purchasing until the release of the iPad version.

    Article Link: Skyfire Rakes in Nearly $1 Million in First Weekend
  2. macrumors 6502


    Mar 13, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 3_1_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/528.18 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile/7E18 Safari/528.16)

    Awsome! Just wait until the iPad version comes out. I'm sure their servers will shut down for a couple weeks after the launch, though.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2006
    just goes to show people still want to be able to see flash on their iphones reguardless of how bloated
  4. macrumors 68020


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    I wonder what battery life will be like.

    Also, how many people downloaded it just so they could watch porn?
  5. macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006
    No smart person will watch porn with a browser which does server side decoding of the videos ;)
  6. macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2009
    Hermitage, TN
    Battery life would show no change what so ever. The iPad is seeing it as HTML5.
  7. macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2009
    I got it just to test it out, and I suspect many others did the same.

    Processing Flash on a server means the bloat isn't on the phone, so this doesn't actually mean people want flash at any cost. That said, click to flash would be nice, but we'll never see it.
  8. macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    i've had my battery percentage drop while plugged in while watching some iphone compatible video
  9. macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    This is all well and good but what happens when the cash dries up? The servers go down, leaving you with an expensive Safari.

    Anything that you pay for one-time that is reliant on a 3rd party funding its operation is bad news :/
  10. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    Device engineer 30+ yrs, touchscreens 24+.
    True, but Skyfire has been around for a couple of years on other phones.

    Like Opera Mobile, it's also an especially good solution for limited devices.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2006
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Don Kosak

    Mar 12, 2010
    Hilo, Hawaii
    What's with all the developers that won't do Universal Apps?

    If you're supporting both platforms anyway, it's actually far less code, and less testing to just do a Universal App. (I know, I've done two of them so far.)
  13. batchtaster, Nov 10, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2010

    macrumors 6502a

    Mar 3, 2008
    Nonsense. It means nothing of the sort. Check back in 6 months, 3 months or even 1 month and see a) how many ppl are still using it, and b) how many ppl are buying it once the first blush of excitement is over.

    Opera's browser went nuts when it was released. It was the Bellepheron to the Chimera of Apple's Safari lock-in. Now where is it? It doesn't even appear on the Top 200 Free list.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2008
    So I can charge more money for 2 platforms! Thats why (I think) the SlingPlayer app will not be universal. If you want to get the iPhone and iPad app it will be $60 instead of $30
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2008
    And that's exactly why I will buy neither!
  16. macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Many Porn sites are smart enough to provide HTML5 alternative.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Xian Zhu Xuande

    Jul 30, 2008
    So sincere curiosity here: I've read the reviews and it seems like this browser can't do all the Flash-related stuff a personal would normally want to do, ranging from some popular video sites like Hulu to Flash games. I'm not missing Flash on my iPhone or iPad one bit, but I'm also a little curious at this browser's success. Is it mostly people downloading something because they feel like they're getting a thing they were told they couldn't get? Or does this product actually offer something excellent?
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
    Not the free ones. Instead, they offer a mobile solution that can be had at a nominal fee.
  19. macrumors 65816

    Jan 20, 2003
  20. macrumors 6502


    Jul 11, 2008
    Waterloo, ON
    Didn't they state in that one video that was posted on the homepage that they spent something like $25 million on R&D for this app? They're 1/25 of the way there:D
  21. macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2009
    Flash much?!

    Hey Apple - ya think your user base might be interested in Flash??


    Yeah, you know what's best for us users though - so we should be elated that you are resisting support for it tooth and nail.
  22. macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2006
    California, US
    But does it work?

    The reviews have been bad. My buddies at work can't get most sites to work. So, does this mean refunds? Or have people been getting this to work? Just curious.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2006
    Ok I'll rephrase. People want their CONTENT regardless if its playing on bloatware or the latest trend. Allot of content just happens to be encoded in flash.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 19, 2009
    You're absolutely spot on here. Nothing excellent, just a short-term sense of victory over a perceived hurdle for lots of folks. I persinally have no use whatsoever for Flash on my iphone so I did not buy this app.
  25. Seo
    macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2009
    Cupertino, California
    Not an accurate deduction from this app's popularity.

    See, this app is a very slick implementation of Flash on the iOS. No bloat, and everything's fast and battery efficient, because iOS sees it as HTML5. All the bloat and processing is on the Skyfire servers.

    All you can tell from Skyfire's success is that people want Flash as long as it is as good or better than HTML5.

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