Adobe said a tablet computer it showed at the Web 2.0 Expo May 5 was powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 chips and ran Google's Android OS and Adobe's own Air 2 platform. Adobe declined to say what version of Android the tablet ran, though the Zedomax blog on site said it was Android 2.1, which currently powers smartphones such as the Motorola Droid, Google Nexus One and the new HTC Incredible. Showing Android running with Flash and Air 2 -- a program that lets apps run outside of a Web browser -- is the ultimate show of unity for Google and Adobe versus Apple's iPad, which has shipped more than 1 million units in less than a month.
The tablet Adobe showed spectators at an industry event May 5 was powered by
Nvidia Tegra 2 chips and ran Google's Android operating system and Adobe's own
Air 2 platform, the software maker confirmed.
Zedomax editor Max Lee visited
Adobe's booth at the Web 2.0 Expo in San
Francisco, where officials for the software maker were
showing off an Android tablet running Adobe's Flash technology and Air
Michael Hu, senior product marketing manager of Adobe AIR,
told eWEEK in an e-mailed statement:
"At Web 2.0 we are demonstrating Adobe AIR
2 on various devices and operating systems, including an Nvidia Tegra 2
reference tablet that is running on Android OS."
Hu declined to say on what version of Android the tablet ran, though Lee
said he believed it was Android 2.1, which currently powers smartphones such as
the Motorola Droid, Google Nexus One and the new HTC Incredible
Perhaps it was a version customized for tablets no one has seen. Google is
expected to launch Android 2.2-its so-called Froyo build-at Google I/O later
In any case, the demo shows that Adobe is indeed getting more comfortable in
bed with Android, particularly after its ugly flap with Apple.
The computer maker irked
Adobe and its developers when it rewrote its developer
licensing terms to swear off support for such cross-platform technologies as
Google and Adobe later confirmed
that Android will support Flash, an announcement
that could come at Google I/O.
Showing Android running with Flash and Air 2-a program that lets apps run
outside of a Web browser-is the ultimate show of unity for Google and Adobe
versus Apple's iPad, which has shipped more than 1 million units
in less than a month.
In fact, the iPad's fast success means Android tablets
can't hit the market soon enough. IDC
analyst Al Hilwa said that now that Apple has shown the world a new way to
consume information, it will unleash a glut of tablets. Android is the most
ready platform to mount an attack on the iPad.
"The alliance around Flash between Google and Adobe is clever for both
of them," Hilwa told eWEEK. "For Google it allows it to shape a
message of openness and inclusivity that helps it position Android as something
other than just a follower.
"For Adobe, the strategy is to be the cross-platform development
environment for as many platforms as possible, including crossing between PCs
and mobile devices. Developers and content purveyors have a real need to bring
out their stuff on as many devices in the market as possible and cannot always
address each one with a unique development effort."
IMS Research believes
iPad will command 51 percent of the tablet
market in 2010, with Google grabbing a 24 percent plot. The Android-based
Archos 5 Internet Tablet is a strong seller in Europe.
Dell's Android 2.0-based Mini 5 tablet is expected in the United
States this year.
Adobe's Hu told Zedomax's Lee that he expects several Android models will
hit the market this year, eager to grab some of the tablet pie the iPad is