Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Skyfire for iPhone 5 is here (my 1st iOS product in years)

As you may or may not know, i joined the stellar team at Skyfire.com in mid September.

Yesterday Skyfire released a new version of Skyfire for iPhone . Version 4.2.0 is fully iPhone 5 and iOS 6 compatible !! :) Go install it from the iTunes app store now :) (Your 5 star ratings are most appreciated ;) ).  Also i encourage you to send the download link to friends and family with iPhone 5s : https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skyfire-web-browser-your-path/id384941497?mt=8

Skyfire enables you to go to flash video websites like http://www.southparkstudios.com and watch the videos on there. When you land on a page with flash video, Skyfire will scan the page and if there is a video that Skyfire can transcode a Video popup will appear with a play button. Click the play button and voila, Flash will be streaming over HLS into the native apple media player :) 

Now that Skyfire v 4.2.0 for iPhone is no longer letterboxed. You get 20% more pixels. This means bigger Cartman !!

This is my first release for Skyfire and my first iOS product release in a couple of years (if you don't count the promotional campaign i put together for flixlab last thanksgiving to get them to the #1 photo app in the country) :) 

I must say having a product in the App store again is thrilling. The star ratings, the reviews, being easily discoverable in the hottest software app store on the planet, it is all very exciting :) 

For those of you who haven't heard of Skyfire, here is a brief history:
Skyfire caught the attention of iOS users a few years ago by being the first app on iOS to enable flash video playback (at the height of Steve Jobs and Adobe having a falling out ). Since then Skyfire has been downloaded on iPhone, iPad, and Android phones over 16 million times. If you want to find out more info check out the Skyfire Blog  . 

Out of this experience of making a mobile web browser for iOS and Android consumers, Skyfire's newest product Skyfire Horizon was born. Horizon is in essence bringing a mobile "Chrome Store" (meaning a mobile browser extension platform) to AT&T android phones.  Yes AT&T is our first customer, and yes the Skyfire Horizon mobile extensions toolbar is being preloaded into AT&T phones so users will get it out of the box. The first 2 handsets (An LG and a Pantech) with Skyfire Horizon preloaded into their native android browsers,  went on sale nationwide in AT&T stores in the end of September. More info on Skyfire Horizon here: http://skyfire.com/en/news/blog/140-how-would-you-like-to-see-your-mobile-browser-extended

So what am i doing at Skyfire ? I came onboard to do 2 things: 
1. Take the iPhone and iPad apps under my product management wing.
2. Drive partnerships with app developers that are a good fit for the Skyfire Horizon mobile browser extensions platform

If you make iOS, Android, Chrome or Firefox apps that you think would be a good fit for Skyfire Horizon's Mobile extensions platform please get in touch with me slossev @ skyfire dot com