June 23, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
The world is waiting on Android 2.2 and Flash in order to access the web’s video content, but Skyfire claims you don’t need to wait. Instead, they’re encouraging people to join the 500,000-strong parade of users who have opted for their Android browser.
Skyfire claims that its app renders video faster than Adobe’s Flash 10.1, and does so in a manner that is better on battery life and performance. I feel compelled to point out that Skyfire doesn’t display “true” Flash content; it detects Flash-based video, re-encodes it through HTML5, and then sends to mobile devices for “less buffering, less ‘stuttering’” in playback. And to be fair, Flash 10.1 offers more than just video features, like games and tailor-made menu features, that Skyfire does not reach.
However, one can argue that Skyfire’s method is actually better for video consumption. Who cares if video playback is technically not Flash if the final product is smooth, reliable, and consumes less energy? And it’s available now to rather than theoretical dates like “soon” and “this summer.” Check out this video in which Skyfire claims to be superior to Flash.