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07 Jul 2017
13 Sep 2013
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At the Mobile World Congress today Adobe is to demonstrate AIR running on the Motorola Droid.  This is pretty significant news as it's based on Flash 10.1, and thousands of apps (think BBC iPlayer etc) have been waiting for just this. AIR is far more than flash, however. As a complete runtime environment it allows apps outside the browser with their own SQL database, UI and hardware support such as multi-touch, acellerometer sensors and GPS. Developer support is promised too, with SDK's from both handset ODM's and carriers expected. Web apps outside the browser promise to further strengthen the Android corporate penetration, as the environment can be controlled to a much higher degree than regular apps.


"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," says Adobe's general manager and VP of the platform business David Wadwhani.

The initiative forms part of Adobes Open Screen Project, which along with Android also provides support for Blackberry, Symbian, Palm WebOS and Windows Mobile. Keen observers will have spotted there is a glaring omission from that list - Apple. The reason is because the iPhone is a closed environment all apps must comply with Apples strict acceptance policy, and one of these conditions is that no app can be installed which executes 3rd party code. It's for this reason Apple don't allow java on the iPhone. Nevertheless, Adobe is confidently predicting 250 million smartphones will support its flash player by the end of 2012, at which point some market watchers have predicted Android market share will have equalled or surpassed that of the iPhone.