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A while back we were shown a leaked release of Adobe AIR for Android and told stories of its incredible capabilities. Well, the time has come. Twitter is now lighting up with reports about it and it is now available in the Android Market.

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Here is Adobe's explanation of AIR for Android:

Adobe® AIR® will let you publish ActionScript 3 projects to run as native applications (.apk) for the Android OS. These AIR applications can be delivered to Android devices through Android application stores such as the Android Market.

Developers can write new code or reuse existing web content to build AIR applications for the Android OS. Because the source code and assets are reusable across the Flash Platform runtimes, Adobe AIR and Flash Player, it also gives developers a way to more easily target other mobile and desktop environments.

So there it is, folks. You can now install Adobe AIR on your Android device and... wait for an application to get released. It can't install AIR's typical .AIR packages so you won't be able to use your favorite desktop applications with it. For now, it's just kind of sitting there having potential but soon, we hope, there will be some awesome and powerful software available for it.

You can download Adobe AIR for Android by scanning this QR code with your Android phone:

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adobe.air

Update: Appbrain user webkitchen posted a list of Air applications you can download and play with. You can access it here.

Source: Twitter

Brad Ganley
An Android power user, Brad consumes most of his free time with unhealthy amounts of cell phones and cell phone related things when he isn't playing with his son. Brad is also an avid movie-watcher and tea-drinker.
  • http://www.GrantGarrison.com OMGrant

    So if you were to install an apk with Air, would it also install a Air, or would it simply not run... If so thats a huge barrier to entry...

  • http://androidpolice.com/author/brad-ganley Brad Ganley

    No it wouldn't because AIR is an entire framework. The file is huge. It would probably just give you a message like "Hey, bro. You're going to need AIR for this."

  • http://www.ixxy.co.uk Andy Baker

    It asks you to install Air and takes you directly to the market entry for it.

    • http://www.GrantGarrison.com OMGrant

      Meh, still a barrier...

  • http://www.matthewfabb.com/ Matthew Fabb

    Someone from Adobe has put together this list of AIR for Android apps, since not all apps made with AIR advertise that fact in the Android Market:
    http://www.appbrain.com/user/webkitchen/air-applications

  • Michael

    "The requested item could not be found" =( I'm on the Swiss Android Market.

  • Nathan

    Not seeing the App in the Market...is this only for 2.2 only? not 2.1 Android Devices like the HTC Hero?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Pretty sure that just like Flash, Air needs 2.2+.

  • smalltalker

    Why are you so anxious to "weed out air apps", Artem? What about "weeding out" bad apps which are not running on air?

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