Adobe Launches AIR 2.5 for TVs, Mobile, Tablets and Desktops

At its annual Adobe MAX developer conference, Adobe launched Adobe AIR 2.5 for TVs, mobile devices and tablets, including Android and RIM.

At its annual Adobe MAX developer conference, Adobe is making good on its promise to deliver its software to multiple screens by delivering the Adobe AIR 2.5 runtime for televisions, mobile devices and desktops.

Adobe is a leading sponsor of the Open Screen Project, whose goal is to enable consumers to engage with rich Internet experiences seamlessly across any device, anywhere.

At Adobe MAX 2010 in Los Angeles, Adobe Systems announced Adobe AIR 2.5 software for televisions, tablets, smartphones and desktop operating systems. A key element of the Adobe Flash Platform, AIR enables developers to leverage existing code to create and deliver stand-alone applications across devices and platforms.

In an interview with eWEEK, David Gruber, group product marketing manager for Flex and Flash Builder, said Adobe AIR now supports smartphones and tablets based on Android, iOS, BlackBerry Tablet OS, and desktops including Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems. In addition, Samsung will be the first television manufacturer to ship Adobe AIR in its line of Samsung SmartTV devices while Acer, HTC, Motorola, RIM, Samsung and others are expected to ship the runtime preinstalled on a variety of devices, including tablets and smartphones later this year and early 2011.

With Adobe AIR, developers are able to use familiar tools including Adobe Flash Professional CS5, Adobe Flash Builder and Flex to build rich stand-alone applications. Hundreds of them are already available on Android Market, Intel AppUp center and Apple's App Store today.

"Prior to this release, AIR has been used to run apps on the desktop, but AIR 2.5 is able to support mobile apps and TVs with common frameworks and common tools," Gruber said.

In addition to AIR 2.5, Adobe unveiled Adobe InMarket on Oct. 25. Adobe InMarket is a new service that allows developers to easily distribute and sell their applications on app stores across different device types from Acer, Intel and others. Adobe InMarket operates seamlessly in the background and allows end users to download applications directly from the storefront. For more information about Adobe InMarket, visit

"Adobe InMarket solves the problem of developers getting into as many markets as they can," Gruber said. "Everybody wants to get into the app game. Adobe InMarket connects the dots and distributes apps to all the app stores and also takes care of the financials and the analytics. And it goes back and tells the developer where their stuff sold, etc. We expect to have 10 app stores connected by 2011."

"With the release of AIR 2.5, more than 3 million Flash developers can now build a single game or application and easily deploy it across multiple application stores and devices," said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Creative and Interactive Solutions Business at Adobe, in a statement. "This is a huge step forward for developers looking to build rich, engaging applications but have historically had to incur the cost of building and deploying this content across multiple devices and platforms."