In the most bizarre turn of events, the Skyfire browser for iPhone we mentioned earlier this week, has already been pulled from the App Store a mere five hours after its release. Not by Apple, but by Skyfire itself.
The eagerly anticipated launch of the first Flash-capable browser on the iPhone was short-lived as Skyfire was forced to pull the app after an overwhelming number of downloads caused tremendous strain on its servers, which it uses to translate Flash videos into HTML5 on-the-fly.
Skyfire has denied that its servers had crashed and issued a press release stating the app had “sold out” and that “a new batch” of downloads would be released once it has boosted its server capacity.
CEO Jeffrey Glueck said: "Skyfire has historically generated high demand for its browser products but nothing like this.
"It was hard to predict consumer demand since this was our first paid app, but we were blown away by the demand and sales."
Despite the setback, the browser, made available only via the US iTunes Store for $2.99, still managed to become the top-grossing app, outselling the casual gaming phenom Angry Birds.