Opera has acquired Skyfire Labs, a company that deals with mobile cloud solutions and mobile video optimization and is best known for its Rocket Optimizer software. By combining the two companies, both will offer joint products, with the announcement saying that Opera's Web Pass is one of the main focuses. The deal is expected to be final before March 15.
Skyfire, popular for their mobile browser that enables viewing of Flash videos on the iOS platform, has just released a new iOS app called VideoQ. The app has similar functionality to its browser in allowing users to watch Flash videos on iOS after the files have been converted remotely, but focuses on the playback element.
One of the biggest complaints that Apple iPhone users have had about the iPhone since the thing broke cover a few years back was the lack of Flash. Steve Jobs did his best to keep Flash off Apple devices and recently has started to ease up and allowed a new browser called Skyfire that supports Flash hit yesterday.
Skyfire's browser is coming to the iPhone, and it's bringing its rendition of Flash playback with it. As you might remember from the Android version launch, Skyfire converts Flash video in realtime on itsown servers, and replaces it with an iOS friendly HTML5 version. That's apparently been enough to convince Apple's App Store guardians to approve the app, according to CNNMoney, with Skyfire expected to show up in the download store for $2.99 on Thursday at 9am EST.
You can be sure that the irony of Skyfire launching their Skyfire 2.0 Flash-happy browser for Android within hours of Steve Jobs taking Adobe to task over Flash being unsuitable for mobile devices will be well noted, but don't let that distract you from just what's on offer here. The big news is the new "SkyBar", which throws in automatic Flash video streaming for otherwise broken video links, together with social networking integration.
Opera has just reported that it lost about 91 of its employees, which amounts to almost 10% of its workforce. Half of the employees were developers for the software company, and the reason for the cut was due to Opera's decision to switch over to the open-source WebKit browser. The switch left the company with 840 employees last quarter, down from the 931 that it had previously had.
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