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Skyfire browser headed for iPad

Matt Tinsley, @mTinsleyMusic
December 17, 2010
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Skyfire, the internet browser that transcodes Flash video content into HTML5 so that it can be viewed on Apple's iOS devices (which, in case you didn't already know, don't support Flash), is coming to the iPad.

Alongside its main function, Skyfire for iPad will introduce some additional social networking features directly into the browser -- most notably for Facebook users, but Twitter and Google Reader users are included, too. Basically, you're now able to view feeds in pop-up windows while you are browsing the web. Sharing websites with your Facebook buddies is also made really simple and it's super easy to "Like" a website you're visiting by making a couple taps; there's no need to go directly to the Facebook website.

In November, Skyfire for iPhone sold over 300,000 copies of its WebKit browser in its first weekend alone. There was so much demand for the browser that the app had to be pulled from the App Store because Skyfire's servers were overwhelmed by the traffic. The browser was then sold in limited quantity batches on the App Store to help ease the take up.

Now that Skyfire's teething problems are over, we're assuming the same won't happen for the browser's release on the iPad. Skyfire for iPad is expected before Christmas and will cost about US$5, according to Wired's Gadget Lab. We'll let you know when we see Skyfire for iPad on the App Store. For now, check out a demo of the app in action in the video after the break.





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