Wind River Expands Adobe Support, Joins Open Screen Project

Wind River announces that it has joined the Open Screen Project and become a scaling partner for Adobe Systems, incorporating Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR with Wind River Platform for Android.

Wind River has announced that it has joined the Open Screen Project, an effort led by Adobe Systems "to enable the delivery of rich multiscreen experiences built on a consistent run-time environment for open Web browsing and stand-alone applications," as Adobe describes it.

Wind River, which is a provider of embedded and mobile software, Aug. 4 said it is "building on its collaboration with Adobe by participating in the Open Screen Project and becoming a worldwide scaling partner to bring the Adobe Flash Platform to Internet-enabled devices for rich and engaging Web experiences. The Open Screen Project is an industrywide initiative of more than 70 industry partners led by Adobe to provide consumers consistent Internet and rich media experiences across the broadest possible range of consumer electronics."

In a news release about its plans, Wind River said it "will license, distribute and support Adobe Flash Player 10.x, Adobe AIR 2.x and Flash Lite 4.x across its portfolio of Internet-facing software platforms as well as offer integration, certification and support for these products."

Moreover, the company said, "Joining the Open Screen Project as a scaling partner for Adobe, Wind River is one of only eight global scaling partners entrusted to offer licenses for these products directly to companies worldwide. To kick off this initiative, Flash Player 10.1 and AIR will first be incorporated with Wind River Platform for Android. As an Open Screen Project participant, Wind River will work with customers to integrate Adobe Flash and AIR with their devices, and ensure [that] their devices are compliant with the Open Screen Project certification test suites."

"Consumers have become increasingly sophisticated and expect a flawless, consistent experience when viewing rich content on their smartphones, PCs, tablets, TVs or other devices," Michael Krutz, vice president of worldwide solutions and services at Wind River, said in a statement. "By licensing and supporting Adobe Flash across our portfolio, Wind River helps device manufacturers avoid the cost and complexity of integrating and certifying Adobe Flash on their own, to ultimately get to market faster with Internet-ready products that deliver outstanding connected experiences for the mobile, auto, work or home environment."

"Content created for Adobe Flash reaches over 98 percent of Internet-enabled desktops today and is expected to run on more than 250 million smartphones by the end of 2012," said Danny Winokur, vice president of the Flash Client Platform at Adobe. "Given their deep mobile and embedded expertise and reach into a wide range of markets, Wind River will be a great partner and deliver upfront integration, worldwide distribution and support for Flash Player 10.1 and AIR across a wide array of devices."

In its news release, Wind River further said: "With support for Flash Lite already on products such as Wind River Platform for Android, Wind River is extending its collaboration with Adobe to further pave the way for customers to create products that deliver the full experience of the Internet with Flash Player 10.1, for a variety of market segments. With active participation in the Open Screen Project, Wind River will keep Flash open and updatable in its software stack, as well as offer support [to] customers with upgrade services. By integrating Flash into Wind River's products, device manufacturers can benefit from faster time-to-market and reduced cost and engineering effort. Additionally, application providers can be confident that their Flash-based content and applications will run smoothly across devices that use Wind River's Internet-facing software platforms."

The statement concluded, "Adobe Flash Player 10.1 licenses and support are now available from Wind River. Licenses and support for Adobe AIR will be available following Adobe's introduction of AIR for the embedded and mobile market segments."