The Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch may not support Adobe Flash. But that doesn’t mean you can’t access Flash content on those devices. A few weeks ago we looked at Cloud Browse, an app that basically lets you stream Flash (and other) content from a remote web browser to an iPhone. But web developer Chris Smoak has an even more interesting solution, which he calls Smokescreen.

Smokescreen is a Flash player written in JavaScript. In other words, it takes Flash content and automatically converts them to JavaScript, which allows you to access Flash content in a browser that normally doesn’t support Flash — including the Safari mobile web browser for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

The concept is kind of awesome, in that giving-Steve-Jobs-the-middle-finger kind of way. But it’s not really all that practical at this point. Smokescreen is a 175KB file which takes a long time to load. While I was able to view some of Smoak’s demos on my iPod touch, they took a long time to load and video playback was definitely not full speed.

Smokescreen worked great in my laptop web browser, but my laptop supports Adobe Flash, so I don’t exactly need a workaround.

via Gizmodo

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...