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Video: Skyfire Beta 2.0 in Action

Sorry for the delayed post on this, but we’ve been a little busy playing with a new toy or two.  We are back now though!  And Skyfire 2.0 beta is what the people have called for!

If you are new to the Skyfire game, please ignore this post we did which included the leaked Skyfire beta.  Why you ask?  Because that version was almost pre-alpha compared to this latest release.  And yes, the new version includes the ability to play Flash video (sort of).  It does it in a round about way, but it definitely gets the job done.

There is one flaw though…the multi-touch is awful.  Is it a deal breaker?  Maybe.  See for yourself…

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  • http://twitter.com/androidapprev AndroidAppSource

    Great browser.

  • dwight k

    the skyfire thing sucks. please give us ower flash.

  • dwight k

    the skyfire thing sucks. i want my flash.

  • Jordan

    Works ok, I mean its a beta product so bugs are to be expected, and hopefully fixed in future updates. Problems I've had are that sometimes it just quits loading pages and thus stops working (big issue). Another glaring problem that is quite annoying since Skyfire touts video playback is the severe lack of playback controls. You can't skip forward or backward in a video. All you can do is just pause the playback. Another nice feature would be able to download the video to a file on the SD card but thats just wishful thinking.

  • zach471

    It's been pretty stable for me, and it will stay on the phone, I think, until 10.1 comes. I think the in-browser functionality is better than the hybrid set up on Skyfire… though it's still pretty great.

  • zach471

    It's been pretty stable for me, and it will stay on the phone, I think, until 10.1 comes. I think the in-browser functionality is better than the hybrid set up on Skyfire… though it's still pretty great.

  • sundawg

    I heard Hulu was going to make an app… but then again I wouldn't hold my breath expecting them to stream full length episodes on it, maybe just clips…

  • sundawg

    This is not bad for a beta… Expanding on that this browser is not perfect, but it does have some promising features. The tabs view on Skyfire is handy because it just doesn't label the tab, Skyfire gives you a preview of your windows. Some of the videos don't work but this is a close remedy for a flash player, go to southparkstudios.com from Skyfire and you can watch every season from your phone which is not bad. Be prepared for some force closes or complete crash of just the browser, but this is a beta and is worth a try.

  • sundawg

    This is not bad for a beta… Expanding on that this browser is not perfect, but it does have some promising features. The tabs view on Skyfire is handy because it just doesn't label the tab, Skyfire gives you a preview of your windows. Some of the videos don't work but this is a close remedy for a flash player, go to southparkstudios.com from Skyfire and you can watch every season from your phone which is not bad. Be prepared for some force closes or complete crash of just the browser, but this is a beta and is worth a try.

  • http://twitter.com/Durrock2000 Derek Weber

    Give me dolphin browser or give me death!

  • bOOm_cORNEr_sHOt

    Most excellent! Gaming videos all day!!!

  • jedijesus95

    I love this browser. It does have some glitches, but for a beta its not too shabby. This is so much better than the Opera browser.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

    This is so sick that I can play flash video now I can watch all the porn I want. Did I say that out loud o well

  • dgriff

    this is way off topic, but i need some help from the community. in the jrummy folder in rom manger there is a file called goodies. i have downloaded it and installed it, i can find everything in astro. but when i try to load any of the live wallpapers it says that it can not find the file. can someone please help me with this one?

    • nkhex19

      Are you using terminal emulator to run the script to change the lwp? Use terminal emulator, type su then hit enter, then type in the name of the live wallpaper you want to run for example lwpdroidblue. This should work, and remember when you switch live wallpapers using terminal emulator make sure you don't currently have a lwp running on your homescreen or your phone will reboot. Hope this helps.

      • dgriff

        i tried what you said and its says that it is loaded in the terminal emulator but i hit the home button and it doesn't change anything?

        • nkhex19

          After you run the script it should tell you it was changed, then go to your homew screen, hit the menu button, go into wallpaper then go into live wallpaper and then in your list of live wallpapers you should see the one you just loaded in the list.

          • dgriff

            it works! preciate it nkhex19.

  • DeeMat

    After installing this (and I am not saying that it is related to the install), I noticed that when I select to change input method, I have two separate Android Keyboard options. When I went into settings, I see two of them there. The only difference between the two is that one has a setting for voice input and the other one does not. Any ideas how one would end up with two?

    I am running JRummy's Remix v0.7 – CM 5.0.6.2

  • RLJSlick

    The browser is slow as hell but the video, when it work, works very well.

  • brain550

    This is freakin' sweet!

  • coltenbuckelew

    i am not open minded please keep to droid reveiws roms and apps so i can love my baby

  • coltenbuckelew

    i am not open minded i hate that your using the incredible, keep to droid, reveiws, roms and apps

    • Tom

      But why? All it did was show failure…. He helped prove that the Droid is still top dog

      • coltenbuckelew

        True but I'm just saying once you bring a another family member home things
        change

  • Joe

    I just want sites like hulu to work…..it is flash on them isn't it?? Trying multiple sites at the moment to see if any will work

  • idle90

    Love it!!! Just watched last nights episode of The Daily Show on http://www.thedailyshow.com Hell Yeah

  • http://twitter.com/tbaybe02 Tricia Henson

    Ok, can someone explain to me the point in downloading an alternate web browser? What more does it have to offer? Im sure I just haven't done my research, but if someone could tell me I'd greatly appreciate it!

    • syntakk

      This one plays flash videos (somewhat).

  • possessedskier

    Working on my Droid. The multitouch is jerky because it's constantly trying to format the text to fit the page. That must be why they removed the fit text to page in the stock browser when they added multitouch. I an watch full episodes on fox.com and nbc.com. Hulu and cbs don't work.

  • Hunter Fiuzat

    Hey Kellex,
    First off i wanna thank you for creating such an awesome site, and i visit it everyday for new updates, but I was wondering if you or someone you know would be able to make a .apk launcher with the droid incredible interface and widgets for the Motorola Droid???

  • bennie

    got it working :]
    droid has no problems with it
    although pinch zooming isnt as accurate as dolphin

  • Winterfresh

    It looked like the browser was trying to format the text on the screen while you were zooming in with the multitouch, maybe that is why it is so jumpy when zooming in.

    I don't use pinch to zoom for the sole reason that double tapping is easier, and it formats the text to the screen size. if they could get the multitude to work nicely I may have to try this browser.

  • Tom

    Well it works for the site i want it to, so I'm keeping it. Thanks kellex

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dustin-Carney/1004713533 Dustin Carney

    noooo kellex stop playing with the evil droid >.<

  • http://twitter.com/camsummerson Cameron Summerson

    I want Chrome for Android. It only makes sense, right?

    • caphoagie

      I thought the same thing.

  • MicroNix

    Most vids load to 25% and that's it. No Hulu support. Uninstalled. Keep moving folks, nothing to see here.

    Still waiting for Firefox which should put all this nonsense to rest.

    • syntakk

      Yep, first thing I did was try Hulu and no luck. Gave me a message saying that the device is not supported, just like Hulu does if you try to watch it on the PS3. Looks like they have it blocked for phones as well.

    • Don.

      I highly doubt we are going to have a way to view hulu's services on a mobile device anytime soon. Unless they openly agree to changing their business standards. Right now, for unknown reasons to me, they firmly are against allowing mobile devices, along the lines of cell phones and gaming devices, from accessing their content. I have no idea why to be honest. But this shouldn't be a reason to dislike Skyfire in that nothing out there is going to give you the abilities to access Hulu's content. Personally, I find Skyfire to be a lovely browser that allows for me to access flash content from various websites, such as The Colbert Nation among other news sites. It's a good work around for the flash problem, till Adobe officially releases flash for the Android system. Even then, I highly doubt Hulu's content is going to be able to be accessed by any mobile device, even the Android's. as I said, Unless Hulu changes their stance on mobile devices, as well as gaming devices.

      • sundawg

        I heard Hulu was going to make an app… but then again I wouldn't hold my breath expecting them to stream full length episodes on it, maybe just clips…

    • Brad Russell

      Unfortunately, I'm thinking that even when we get Flash support in Froyo, we still won't get Hulu. This is not a Skyfire issue.

  • http://twitter.com/caphoagie Ryan

    buggy but works cant wait until they get the bugs out.

  • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

    Can you please blame the Incredible? Because I put it on my “Droid” and it works really well :-)
    Thanks kellex for the heads up!

  • droidaholic

    multi-touch for me is actually not too bad for me.. to each his own

  • http://twitter.com/NoBottom D. Ant

    It is not flash. It encodes vids to h.264 codec on the fly or as they say “in the cloud”. Brilliant.
    Congrats on the new phone kellex.

  • shane0790

    Hmmm.. screenies on droid, video with incredible. naughty naughty :P

  • jimbo

    when i launch the app, it pops up real quick like its going to open and then just goes away back to the home screen. can't get the app to launch.

  • bennie

    help~ I just downloaded this from the market but it gave me a FC. So I installed it again and the same thing. My droid has been a bit weird lately. It won't even let me install Pandora. I am currently running Cyanogen 5.0.6.2 with no themes. But the weird thing is that I used to have UD 9.8 and the Pandora installation problem was happening then too. Anyone have any idea why this is happening? :[

    • bennie

      some few extra notes: I deleted some unnecessary? stock apps from my droid. Does it matter that I removed the stock browser?

  • Ibeill

    The little video thing don't show up

  • Corey

    Wow same here Moto Droid ran this browser with little to no problems, I think the Incredible may have some explaining to do! Haha. MOTO DROID FTW!!!!!

  • AllSmilesNow

    I didn't have most of the issues that you did when I tried it on my Droid. Maybe the Incredible really isn't that incredible after all.

    • kellex

      Haha :P

      • dodger55fan

        I'm pretty sure I read somewhere they used the Droid (and maybe Nexus One too) to design this thing, so that's probably the reason for more issues with the Incredible as opposed to Moto Droid.

  • tkimball00

    video isn't working on moto droid except from mostly the included bookmarks.

    • Tom

      I don't see why… Thatguywiththeglasses works just fine. Though there are some glitches, but I am sure those will be ironed out in future updates. It does get through most of the video though without glitches

  • Mrsoloflexman

    looks like you had some issues running everything on your new phone?
    my DROOOIID ran everything just fine.

    • kellex

      Well I did call the Incredible the evil step brother. :)

  • StephanC

    Whoo! While Hulu.com may not load properly, Fox.com will display full episodes of their shows. Just stop the page from loading halfway through otherwise the player wont work right.

    • http://allaboutdroid.wordpress.com sremex

      That doesn't seem to work for me, I can't get it running

  • Static_prone

    I have been playing with beta2 all morning. The multitouch is just awful. and that is putting it lightly. the flash videos is a really cool idea on how they are played and i have been enjoying it. i have had some issues with the videos not working but overall it has been successful. i enjoy the layout over the the default browser and i feel that it is running faster then the default.

    • kellex

      I'm with ya. If they could fix the multi-touch, I'd make it my default browser. :)

      • Mrpicolas

        Man I need to get on the payroll 2 days and 2 articles I sent emails about lol……

    • Jarrett

      yeah, man i totally agree.