Adobe announces Flash Player and AIR for Android

Right about now at Mobile World Congress, Adobe is officially announcing Flash Player 10.1 and Adobe AIR for Android. I truly believe these technologies will redefine the mobile experience. Kevin Hoyt recorded a great video overview showing some demos on the Motorola Droid, which I have embedded below. I have also been testing a selection of mobile Flash sites, created by key partners like YouTube and ESPN, and I am very excited about the future of Flash in the mobile browser.

These technologies, combined with Flash CS5, will revolutionize how developers create mobile applications. It will be easy to create a single application and deploy it to the iPhone and also to other devices via Adobe AIR. You can also use the same code and assets to deliver a mobile browser version using Flash Player 10.1. Google has made a great choice partnering with Adobe and I believe consumers will benefit by being able to choose whatever type of content they want to view.

Expect much more information about developing for Adobe AIR and Flash Player 10.1 here on this blog and over at gotoAndLearn(). If you want to get busy right away learning about the low-level details about how to optimize content for mobile devices, check out this beta version of a white paper created by Thibault Imbert. Seriously this white paper should be printed out and kept by your side as you create Flash content as it is chock full of secrets for getting the most out of the Flash Player.

Lee

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