By Chuong Nguyen | August 26, 2010 4:10 AM
Skyfire, which for consumer intents and purposes, is a browser or browsing service that’s been a staple on Windows Mobile phones, and more recently on Android handsets, that supports streaming of Flash videos and other media-rich plugins that may not be natively supported on a phone’s platform. Soon, Skyfire may be headed to an iPhone near you.
According to sources from MobileCrunch, the Skyfire browser app may be submitted for App Store approval some time next work. The company recently got more courage for iPhone approval after Apple had relaxed its policies and allowed rival browsing service Opera Mini to the iPhone; typically Apple doesn’t like things that are streamed from remote servers and services like Opera and Skyfire may be viewed as duplicative of the Safari Webkit-based browser on the iPhone.
In the case of Skyfire, content is displayed on the device, but is actually streamed from Skyfire’s servers, so security may be an issue for some. Using this method, Skyfire was able to deliver Flash videos on devices like Android and Windows Mobile long before Adobe had announced Flash 10.1 Mobile for native Flash rendering on mobile devices.
If approved in entirety, like the Windows Mobile and Android versions, iOS users will be able to glimpse a taste of Flash on their devives via Skyfire’s browsers. According to MobileCrunch sources, the app has just entered final testing.