Cloud Browse ($2.99) by AlwaysOn Technologies, Inc. has recently been updated and allows you to view all your favorite websites that include Java and Flash video content without using your computer. Cloud Browse utilizes a Firefox browser on a secure remote server, and displays it on your device.
There are two service levels, one is free and one has an in-app subscription. The free or “basic” version allows the user 10 minutes of secure, anonymous browsing per session. The subscription “premium” service allows for unlimited browser time, faster Internet streaming, and the ability to save your sessions and no ads.
The subscription service is still in beta and it provides a 48-hour trial and then costs $5.99 per month. This is 40% off the regular price of $9.99. When subscribing to the beta version, the instructions were not clear on how to set it up. Once I was finally subscribed, the paid service was a little faster than the basic and the ads were gone. However, the websites I visited still navigated fairly slowly.
The keyboard does not automatically pop up when you click on a data field. You have to manually press a keyboard icon to make it appear or disappear. Most other apps do this automatically, so this takes a little getting used to. You can change your resolutions from full, to half or auto, which does help with the speed, but the website is a little fuzzy when you choose the half resolution.
Unless some speed improvements come along, I would not pay to use Cloud Browse. However, I would use the basic free version to access a website that had Flash video content that I could not wait to see. For this reason the app is very useful and does exactly what it claims.
The current version is still in public beta, which means you can’t get upset if things don’t work exactly right. Maybe after a few more updates the speed will be a little more snappy. I still believe Cloud Browse is very useful as a tool to access a Flash website occasionally. Since the basic version is free, it is definitely worth checking out.