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Adobe AIR Lands In Android Market, Doesn't Do Much Of Anything Yet

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.


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.

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[Update: Also Includes A GPS Fix] The Samsung Captivate Is Receiving An Update (But It Isn't The One You Want)

AT&T has just started incrementally rolling out an over-the-air update to Samsung Captivate users. The update is 12Mb in size and is composed entirely of bug fixes. I would think that they would focus all their energy on getting Froyo out to the Galaxy S phones but, apparently, whatever this update fixes is more important.

Here is a snippet from the AT&T website that explains a little bit further:

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Update: this OTA also includes a GPS fix, according to a Samsung email we just got:

An update to improve the Samsung Captivate's GPS performance is now available.

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Adobe Android Summit 2010: "One Web. Any Device."

Yesterday, we spent the day at Adobe HQ for their Adobe for Android Summit. We heard from Anup Murarka of the Mobile and Devices team, Paul Betlem for Flash, Aaron Filner for AIR, and N.J. on Flash platform tools.

Anub started off with some numbers:

  • 85 of Alexa Top 100 sites use Flash
  • 70% of web games use Flash
  • 70% of all video on the web is Flash
  • 98% of internet connected PCs have Flash player worldwide
  • 95% of internet connected PCs worldwide have installed Flash Player 10
  • 90% of top 20 OEMs committed to delivering Flash


Thanks to its wide distribution and variety of usability - whether for an app, a game, a movie, or something else - Flash is just about everywhere.

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Power Of Adobe Air Demonstrated With Video Calling On Android

Adobe has given us a nice taste of what Air is capable of. Using the upcoming version 2.5, Adobe developer Mark Doherty created a demo of video calling on Android on two Nexus Ones, which he cleverly called “FlashTime” (a not-so-subtle jab at Apple’s FaceTime.)

Doherty tells us that Air 2.5 adds support for many features, including use of cameras and microphones on a device, and that the Android version is on par feature-wise with its desktop equivalent; however, though these features are “working,” he also tells us that they may not make it into the final release of Air.

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Adobe AIR Pre-release Leaked (Download Link Included)

What Is Adobe AIR for Android?

First, some background on Adobe Air (from Adobe Air’s official site):

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.

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Adobe Shows Off A Multi-Touch Tablet Prototype Running Flash And Air "Flawlessly"

The Web 2.0 Expo happening in San Francisco has us quite excited, as, a blog revolving around technology and gadgets, has found an Android tablet prototype smoothly running Flash and Air.

As you may remember, Adobe had a bit of a falling out with Apple last month, and vowed to instead gun for Android at full speed. With that announcement, we found out that the private Air/Flash beta has been a huge success with developers, with some porting their apps from Flash/Air to Android in a matter of hours.

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Flash And Air Developers Port Existing Apps To Android In 10 Minutes, Give Feedback From The Private Beta Of Flash/Air For Android

The recent drama over Apple’s rejection of Adobe technology caused quite a stir online, generating a large number of blog posts, massive amounts of commentary, a fair share of whining, and much hating. With Adobe finally resigned to the fact that they were effectively shut out of the iPhone (at least for now), it seems like the Android community is getting much more attention suddenly, as previously reported by Android Police and others.

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