Browse the web and watch Flash video on your iPhone
- Seamless playback of Flash video
- Comfortable tabbed browsing interface
- Facebook Quickview mode
- Explore related videos, tweets, photos and more
- Clunky system for viewing Flash videos
- Not all videos are supported
This program can no longer be downloaded. You can look for alternatives in iPhone > Browser Apps > Browsers.
Skyfire is a web browser that allows you to watch Flash video on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
By default, iOS doesn't support access to any Flash content, other than watching YouTube videos through the pre-installed app. Skyfire Web Browser enables you to watch FLV videos on your iOS device for the first time. You can't play Flash games or apps, but you can enjoy Flash movies that are embedded into web sites, and videos from clip sites such as Google Video and Dailymotion.
The interface for watching these videos in Skyfire feels a little hacked and clunky. Instead of watching the videos on the site, as you would on your desktop computer, Skyfire forces you to launch a new window. If it detects the presence of video on a web page, a thumbnail preview will flash up from an icon at the bottom of the screen. Tap this thumbnail to start watching the video.
Videos can often take a while to load up in Skyfire, but once they do, we found playback to be generally solid, with few buffering problems. Player controls are pretty basic. There's a pause button and a volume slider, but there's no way to scrobble through the video and the back option didn't work in our tests.
Away from the Flash video functionality, Skyfire is a decent mobile web browser, with a few neat features. We especially like the Facebook Quickview option, which means you're only one click away from your Facebook feeds at any time. Skyfire also supports private browsing, bookmarks, and the option to load pages in desktop browser format. The 'Explore' button in Skyfire lets you enter a keyword and view related videos, tweets, trends and photos.
Although it doesn't support all Flash content, Skyfire opens a whole world of new video experiences on the iPhone. It's not bad for general web browsing, either.
- Stream-Away: We apologize to those iOS 3.x, 4.0 & 4.1 users who were impacted by our last release – Skyfire is back to supporting these OS! Thank you for your patience.
- Bug-Squashing: Minor bug fixes and improved stability (Be sure to check out the improved video loading time on WIFI!)