Adobe to launch AIR on Android early October

Adobe has confirmed the company would be releasing Adobe AIR for the Google Android mobile platform on October 8, with support for other platforms like the BlackBerry soon to follow.

Adobe AIR allows developers to use various platforms like HTML5, JavaScript, including the company’s own Flash platform, among others, to build Internet applications that could run locally on supported operating systems like Linux, Mac, Windows, and mobile operating systems, without the need for a browser.

Firstly, released February of 2008, the platform has been installed more than 200-million times and is used by firms like FedEx, eBay, NASDAQ, among others.

 Bringing Adobe AIR to mobile platforms like Google’s Android operating system could bring better quality applications with more capabilities to the platform, hence giving the platform (and others that support it) a competitive edge in the mobile market place.

Apple has chosen to block both Adobe’s Flash and AIR platforms from its popular iOS devices like the iPhone 4 citing security and efficiency concerns.

Only weeks ago, security concerns over Flash were amplified when a security flaw was identified (a fix was issued days later via a software update) that could have given hackers complete control over machines that simply had Flash installed.

Apple has traditionally, and some would argue still does, enjoy a competitive advantage over top rivals, including Google, when it comes to variety and quality of available third party applications via its App Store.

However, with support of Adobe AIR coming to smartphones, that dominant position could lessen as a result of a new tool Adobe will be releasing to developers that would allow them to easily port applications to other platforms.

The tool allows developers to use the same code-base to port the exact same application to work on different platforms, like iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux, or any other platform that supports Flash.

The company has announced a firm time-frame as to when it would make the tool available, but recently said it would soon publish documentation so that developers could learn more.
Most developers only opted to develop applications for the iPhone ecosystem given the lucrative prospect of high sales from the hugely popular App Store.

With Adobe AIR, the developers would easily publish their apps across all the major platforms; meaning Apple’s dominance when it comes to third party apps could disappear, while other platforms like the BlackBerry which traditionally had less application variety would also see the apps ported to that platform as well.

Apple has already made its position clear, the company says it has no plans to add Flash support to iOS devices.

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Hercules holds a B.Comm Finance from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) level 3 candidate. He was previously a contributor at FiLife, a finance website owned by Dow Jones and IAC. Write to [email protected]
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  • Nathan

    Gauging by how sluggish Adobe’s new Adobe AIR-based help system in Creative Suite 5, this is not necessarily a good thing.

  • guest

    wtf don’t they get flash running right on mobile first.. before starting something else.

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