Test your Flash Platform Android apps now, without a phone

Writing Flash Platform applications for Android, or designing Flash content for mobile users and want to see the content emulated on specific mobile devices? Adobe Device Central CS5 has profiles for many mobile devices so you can test your applications without owning the device.

Since Adobe just released the official Motorola Droid X profile for Android, you can test your Android 2.2 (aka “Froyo”) apps and sites now and get the phone later.

To test apps In Flash Professional CS5

With your FLA file open, select Control > Test Movie > in Device Central. Select the device you want in the Test Devices panel. The application appears in the emulator:


To get new devices

In Device Central, click Browse and then search for a keyword, like “Droid” to see what’s available:


Click and drag new profiles, like the Motorola Droid or Motorola Droid X, to your list of Test Devices.

If you don’t see the profile you want, come back soon; the community is posting new profiles daily and Adobe posts official profiles as they are finalized.

To get back to the list of devices at any time

Click Browse and the Home button:


Click Emulate Flash to get back to testing in the emulator

To test mobile-specific features, like the Accelerometer

If a phone’s profile supports accelerometer or other mobile features, you can test them in Device Central. The Accelerometer panel lets you simulate moving the device in three
dimensions. Alt+Click simulates multiple finger touches and the Multitouch panel lets you set touch size and pressure. The Geolocation panel lets you test GPS features, and other panels
provide even more information:


Device Central works with Dreamweaver and several other Adobe products. Test your entire Flash-enabled Web site for mobile browsing using Device Central (including HTML5 sites).

Related links:

Sweet video description of organizing classes, implementing mobile feature APIs and using Device Central by Adobe’s Mark Doherty: http://www.flashmobileblog.com/2010/04/14/device-central-cs5-multitouch-and-debugger/

Device Central Support page: http://www.adobe.com/support/devicecentral/

Twitter updates for Device Central profiles: http://twitter.com/devicecentral

Dreamweaver HTML5 Pack extension: http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/html5pack.html

Dreamwever testing mobile content in Device Central Adobe TV page: http://tv.adobe.com/watch/learn-dreamweaver-cs5/testing-mobile-content-with-adobe-device-central/

Using Device Anywhere (an alternative to Device Central) for testing: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/devices/articles/device_anywhere.html

7 Responses to Test your Flash Platform Android apps now, without a phone

  1. Jody Bleyle says:

    Device Central is included with most Creative Suite products. Here’s the full list:http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/devicecentral/.

  2. steve brank says:

    The flash player should have been released for the Motorola Droid first. The android version you allready released doesn’t work on their most popular phone. When can I expect. It

    • Jody Bleyle says:

      Hi Steve,

      Flash Player 10.1 is available on Android 2.2, codenamed “Froyo”. When your phone is upgraded to Android 2.2, you’ll be able to download Flash Player from the Android Marketplace. No one knows when the phone companies will send out the over-the-air (OTA) update to Android 2.2, but many people are guessing.

      Meanwhile, to start developing apps, apply to join the AIR Prerelease program. You can develop AIR apps for Android 2.1, codenamed “Eclair”, which you already have on your Droid.


  3. Dave Jacowitz says:

    BTW, apparently there is a bug in the embedded runtime for Device Central where the runtime doesn’t respond to TOUCH_MOVE or TOUCH_END events. It should be fixed soon. In the meantime, you can test those events with the profile “Flash Lite 4.0 32 320×480 Multitouch”

  4. Edmundo says:

    Hi guys , I would like to know how can we activate the “Device Central” option in >Controls > Test Movie > in Device Central .
    I have Adobe Flash Professionnal CS5 version.

    • Adam says:

      Yes, I also would like to know how to activate “Test in device central” menu item, because it’s activated only when you start a simple AS3 project, but not for ‘AIR for Android’ template.

  5. kensh says:

    Is anyone here know how to activate device central for android template?..thanks in advance!