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Adobe Brings AIR Platform to Mobile Devices, Launches Beta of Flash Player 10.1

Adobe is reportedly bringing its AIR platform to mobile devices, thus helping to solve the problem of mobile app interoperability, the company announced today at Mobile World Congress 2010.

The move to bring AIR to mobile devices is part of Adobe’s Open Screen Project, an industry-wide initiative that has grown to close to 70 ecosystem partners.
With support for the Android (News - Alert) platform expected in 2010, the AIR platform provides developers with a feature-rich environment for delivering applications outside the mobile browser and across multiple operating systems via mobile marketplaces and app stores.

AIR leverages mobile specific features from Flash Player 10.1, which is now available to content providers and mobile developers worldwide. The solution will be made generally available in the first half of 2010. Version 10.1 is optimized for high performance on mobile screens and designed to take advantage of native device capabilities for a richer and more immersive user experience.

According to the company, Flash Player 10.1 is the first consistent runtime release of the Open Screen Project enabling uncompromised Web browsing of expressive applications, content and high definition (HD) videos across screens including new tablet devices, smartphones, netbooks, smartbooks, desktops and other consumer electronics.

“We are excited about the progress with Flash Player 10.1 and the work that developers, content publishers and close to 70 partners in the Open Screen Project have done so far as part of the beta program,” said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business at Adobe, in a release. “With the Flash Platform further advancing on mobile devices, we enable developers and content publishers to deliver to any screen, so that consumers have open access to their favorite interactive media, content, and applications across platforms.”

Adobe AIR enables developers to deliver Web applications outside the constraints of a browser. It enables features and functionality such as multi-touch, gesture inputs, accelerometer, geolocation and screen orientation on mobile devices. With Flash Platform tooling and the Adobe Creative Suite, developers and content publishers are able to create, test and deliver applications to multiple devices and operating systems using a single tool chain and API set across platforms.

According to the release, developers using Adobe Flash Professional CS5 with the Adobe Packager for iPhone (News - Alert) can reuse their iPhone application code to create the same application for Android.

For more information, check out this report on TMCnet.

Patrick Barnard is a senior Web editor for TMCnet, covering call and contact center technologies. He also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet e-Newsletters in the areas of robotics, IT, M2M, OCS and customer interaction solutions. To read more of Patrick's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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