Flash-Capable Mobile Browser Makes $1 Million in a Weekend

Cross-platform mobile web browser SkyFire has earned nearly $1 million over a single weekend after it’s appearance on Apple’s iOS app store.

SkyFire launched for iOS devices last Wednesday at $2.99 a pop. However demand for the program was so great that the company SkyFire Labs temporarily pulled the app down after just five hours to keep their servers from being overloaded. The company then allowed users to download the app in more controlled batches.

SkyFire’s claim to fame is its ability to run Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Quicktime web content without additional plugins. Flash video is pre-processed on the SkyFire servers so it can be played in the mobile browser; a feature that iOS devices such as the iPhone and the iPad lack.

Over the first weekend on the iOS store, SkyFire was downloaded more than 300,000 times, according to MobileCrunch. After Apple’s 30% cut, the SkyFire team will still get between $600,000 and $700,000. Had the company been prepared for the barrage of initial downloads, they might have made even more during that time period.

While SkyFire charges money for the iOS version, the browser is available for free on other mobile platforms such as Google’s Android OS.