iPhone Skyfire 2.0 Won’t Help with Mobile Gambling. . . Yet
Nov 8, 2010
No Skyfire Gambling
iPhone users and tech industry pundits have long lamented Apple’s ban of Flash technology which would make no-download casino games and many other web applications immediately available on Apple’s smartphone.
The new Skyfire browser, issued on November 4, seemed poised to change this. While Apple still won’t allow Flash to be interpreted on the iPhone, Skyfire offers a clever work around. Skyfire’s servers convert Flash content into the Apple-compliant web standard HTML5.
Unfortunately, this won’t help iPhone owners looking for mobile phone gambling just yet. At the moment, Skyfire only supports the conversion of video content, such as YouTube videos.
This implies it should be “relatively simple” for Skyfire’s developers to continue their work making available additional forms of Flash content, including no-download online casino games.
On the other hand, even if Skyfire or some other developers finally bring full Flash to the iPhone, online gamblers may still have some issues enjoying blackjack, slots, and other “instant” games. These online casino games, unlike the games at iPhone casinos, have been developed for desktops and laptops. The user interface elements won’t have been optimized for a mobile phone, the way (for example) a native iPhone application would be. For instance, no allowances will have been made for a smartphone’s tiny screen.