The Skyfire web browser for iOS offers an alternative to Safari which features social sharing features and easy access to web video — even Flash video. That’s unusual, because the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad don’t actually support Adobe Flash. But Skyfire gets around that little problem by using a remote server to convert Flash into a format your device can handle and streaming it to you on the fly.
But if you’re not looking to switch web browsers just so you can watch The Daily Show on your iPhone, there’s another way. Today Skyfire released a new app called Skyfire VideoQ. It’s a standalone app that lets you watch internet video on your device. Here’s how it works with Safari or other web browsers:
- Register your email address in the app.
- When you’re surfing the web and find a page with a Flash video you want to watch, open the share option and email a link to the page to email@example.com.
- When you open the VideoQ app you should see a list of videos you submitted, ready for viewing on your device.
It seems like a lot of work to go through to watch the occasional video — especially since videos from some sites (such as Hulu) won’t play anyway. But I suppose it’s better than running a whole different web browser if Flash support is the only feature you’re intersted in.
On the other hand, you don’t need to use a web browser at all to use Skyfire VideoQ. The app also includes a list of hot videos as well as video channels for technology, news, sports, and more. This allows you to simply fire up the app and find interesting web videos to watch at any time.
Skyfire VideoQ is available from the App Store for $1.99.