The battle of iOS vs Flash rages on, most the companies has now embraced HTML5 but few are yet to take that dive. But since we have have come across countless hacks to get the flash videos running, here is one more to the catalogue. This hack works through safari bookmarks and will not require any app or jailbreaking in order to work. Currently it works with videos from Dailymotion, Flickr Video, MegaVideo and Vimeo(they have HTML 5 afaik, may be old embeds).
Incase you have been following the iOS news lately you must have come across the Skyfire browser app, which lets you access the flash content(videos, games etc..) from iPhone. Moving on to iPad, Skyfire just tweeted that they are coming up with a iPad version of the app in future.
Would update as more news comes out on this.
Frash is a port of the Adobe Flash runtime for Android to the iPhone, using a compatibility layer, by comex ( http://twitter.com/comex ). Frash can currently run most Flash programs natively in the MobileSafari browser. Frash currently only runs on the iPad, but support for other devices (3GS+ only due to technical restrictions) is planned, as well as support for iOS 4.
Here is video showing the Frash in action :
Thanks to author for choosing the Flash games, I really do miss them on iPad. There is no official public release as of yet but as per the following comment :
A release is planned for when Frash is stable. Developers are welcome to join the effort at http://github.com/comex/frash – fork it and send a pull request with your patches
We can expect to be available for us sometime later, I wonder whether the Jailbreak will be required for this to get running. Anyways, its good stuff and effort, Flash Games and iPad is a great combination .
Leaving behind the beaten road of flash not being on iPad, I would like to show you one app which can get you flash browsing experience on iPad. The app is called Cloud Browse and what it does is run a instance of Mozilla Forefox on a remote server. So, you login into the app, open the browser surf any site you want with or without flash. And since the content is rendered on a remote server and not on your iPad, you can see all the flash content. Check out the app in action below :
Just a side note, please do not login into your private accounts on the browser, use it for all the casual browsing. If you can’t wait to see that flash video on some site, this is the app for you. The app works with all iDevices, iPhone, iPod Touch as well.
The Cloud Browse app is free and you can download it from iTunes Store Link.
Mobile Ads on iPhone OS are indeed a big thing. Currently the only company to rule in that space is Admob, they have a serious dominance over the ads being displayed in the iPhone, iPad Apps. But now they will not be alone in this game, Adobe is collaborating with Greystripe to bring Flash ads to iPad and iPhone by converting them to HTML 5 .
The leading independent mobile advertising network, Greystripe, announced today they are collaborating with Adobe to provide rich media, interactive ad solutions across Android, iPhone, iPad and the mobile web.
Greystripe will offer its technology to deliver Flash authored ads as HTML5 to mobile devices that do not support Flash Player (such as the iPhone and iPad); these ads will be supported in both applications and on the mobile web. Greystripe’s new technology for Apple’s Safari web browser will allow real-time transcoding of Flash authored creative work to HTML5. For Flash enabled devices, tablets, and smartphones like the Nexus One with Android OS 2.2, Flash authored ads will be easily delivered through Greystripe’s ad network, which consists of over 2,500 mobile applications across iPhone, iPad, Android and Java.
Now since the release of this news I have been reading some comments from users saying, its horrible, ads are bad and I wont buy any thing with ads. I for one support this initiative because this helps the app developers to make money out of their hard work. There are countless free apps on iTunes Store which are being downloaded by people from around the world. How will the developer behind the app will make a living/money without getting anything from something he/she spent so much time building. But I also support the concern about ads sometimes being obtrusive and ruining the whole experience of the app. Adobe and Greystripe need to take care of this, if they want to make this popular and attract developers. I hope they know and understand they will be competing against Apple own advertising platform iAds.