Adobe Unveils AIR on Mobile Devices at Mobile World Congress
At Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Adobe Systems
Inc. announced advancements to the Adobe Flash platform including the unveiling
of Adobe AIR on mobile devices, a consistent runtime for standalone
applications to come out of the Open Screen Project, an industry-wide
initiative led by Adobe. With support for Google's open source Android platform
expected in 2010, Adobe said AIR provides developers with an environment for
delivering rich 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, the company noted.
Adobe also announced that a beta of Flash Player 10.1 was
made available to content providers and mobile developers worldwide. With the
general availability expected in the first half of 2010, Adobe claimed Flash
Player 10.1 is the first consistent runtime release of the Open Screen Project
enabling a full Web browsing experience with expressive applications, content
and high definition (HD) videos across screens including tablet devices,
smartphones, netbooks, smartbooks, desktops and other consumer electronics.
Adobe said 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. The company pointed out developers
using Adobe Flash Professional CS5 with the Adobe Packager for iPhone can reuse
their iPhone application code to create the same application for Android.
"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 of Adobe's platform
business. "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."
In accordance with the announcement, Adobe posted videos
highlighting various aspects of Adobe Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR 2
prerelease software, including websites and applications, on devices from Open
Screen Project partners and other providers, as well as resources for Flash
developers optimizing mobile content to deliver Web browsing of expressive
applications, content, and video across devices with the upcoming release of
Adobe Flash Player 10.1.
"Adobe AIR 2.0 is a great technology for developing
engaging mobile applications," said Christy Wyatt, vice president of
software applications and ecosystem at telecommunications firm Motorola.
"We look forward to seeing AIR come to the Android platform and developers
creating applications that will delight our end-users."
At Microsoft's unveiling of Windows Phone 7 Series on Monday at MWC, company CEO Steve Ballmer said "we have no objection to Adobe Flash support," on the latest version of the Windows mobile operating system, which could perhaps a dig at Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his reported refusal to allow Flash onto the iPad tablet PC. A spokesperson from Adobe wrote in a Feb. 15 e-mail to eWEEK that Microsoft and Adobe were working "closely together" to include a browser plug-in for the full Flash player in future versions of Windows Phone.