First there was Frash, then there was the much hyped SkyFire browser. It's obvious that there are plenty of folks out there that still want Flash capabilities on the iPhone.
Though much of the need has been quelled with the mass adoption of HTML 5 video tags, there are apparently still a few sites that haven't made the switch. Obviously this presents an issue for us iPhone users.
As a remedy, we've had jailbreak solutions and we've had official App Store app solutions. Now, we can officially say that we have a Safari bookmarklet solution -- iOSFlashVideo.
"A nice lightweight, quick little WebKit browser..." -- that's how the developer of the recently released SkyF1re Browser describes their iPhone browser for jailbroken iPhones. And while that's certainly an apt description, the browser is so incredibly lightweight, that it might just float away into utter obscurity.
Although one must keep in mind that this is version 1.0 of the app, I couldn't even get the address bar working on my iPhone. No working address functionality on a browser? That's not a good thing.
This morning I told you about a trick to install Frash on your iPhone. This can be a little cumbersome. My Twitter friend @egohot_dev sent me a tip that really automates the whole process.
Step 1: Make sure your iPhone is jailbroken. If it's not, follow these instructions.
Step 2: Go to Cydia and install the following source: http://repo.benm.at/
Step 3: Install Frash from this repo.
Step 4: Reboot your iPhone. Done!
Much easier than doing it manually.
Let us know how it works for you.
Update: There is now a much easier way to add Frash / Flash to your iPhone.
A few weeks ago we told you about Frash, the Android port of Flash to iOS. We even showed you how to install it on your iPad but to be honest, that wasn't a very stable port. Grant Powell recently compiled an iPhone 4 version of the patch that seems to work pretty well.
In this article, I will show you how to install Frash 0.02 on your iPhone 4. Some people report it also work on the previous iPhone models and iPod Touch. Proceed at your own risks...
Step 1: Make sure your iPhone is jailbroken. If it's not follow these instructions to jailbreak with JailbreakMe.
Step 2: Install OpenSSH from Cydia.
Step 3: Make sure iTunes is not running and SSH into your iPhone using WinSCP or CyberDuck.
Step 4: Create a folder called "Cydia" in /var/root/Media. Create another folder called "AutoInstall" inside the Cydia folder.
Step 5: Download the Frash-0.02.deb file and put it in the AutoInstall folder.
Step 6: Restart your iPhone.
Done! You should now be able to play Flash animations on your iPhone.
Last week, Comex, the developer behind the Spirit jailbreak, gave us a preview of Frash, which is nothing less but Flash for Android ported to the iPad. Today it seems someone released a .deb of Frash, and while Comex is not opposed to it, you've got to understand it's just an alpha version.
This tutorial will show you how to install Frash/Flash on a jailbroken iPad.
Step 1: Make sure your iPad is jailbroken. If not, jailbreak your iPad using Spirit.
Step 2: Download Frash.deb. For legal reasons, I cannot link to the file but a Google search can go a long way, if you know what I mean...
Step 3: SSH into your iPad and navigate to /var/root/Media.
Step 4: In the Media folder, create a folder called "Cydia". Open the Cydia folder you just created and create another folder called "AutoInstall".
Step 5: Upload Frash.deb to the AutoInstall folder.
Step 6: Reboot your iPad a few times.
Done! Now navigate to any site that uses Flash. You should see the red F logo where Flash is played. Tap the logo and the Flash animation will start playing
Again, this is just an alpha version that wasn't even officially released by Comex. You may want to try it just for fun if you dare. I suspect it will be posted in a repo on Cydia soon so you may want to wait for that.
I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts.