Over the last few days, developers in the Adobe AIR for Android private beta started creating AIR applications for the Android OS. Using existing code from Flash applications or their AIR applications created for the iPhone, developers were able to create applications in just a few short hours and for one developer in just 10 minutes! Here are a few quotes found on the blogs of our private beta developers:
“It literally took me 10 minutes to compile for Android, and get the game on my new Nexus One phone”
“Performance-wise, AIR for Android is fast. With barely any work on my part, I got my three existing mobile games running in AIR for Android.”
“Well with no code changes, about 2 hours to have the graphics tweaked (thanks to @pneal), I was able to port Happy Peg over to Android.”
“My Nexus One arrived yesterday (FedEx Saturday delivery FTW) about 4pm, and I had Fruit Smash Organic ported to the device and running beautifully by 7pm! That includes downloading and installing the SDKs, walking through a Hello World tutorial, charging the device for a little while, and making some minor code edits.”
For business reasons, Apple recently updated the terms of their iPhone developer program license which now restricts applications built with Adobe technology and other 3rd party technologies to be distributed in the Apple App Store. As a result of this business decision our customers will no longer be able to distribute their apps in the Apple App Store but not to worry since Adobe is committed to our developers and we will continue to support multi-screen and multi-platform content creation. This week Andy Rubin, Google VP of Engineering, made a guest post on the Adobe Featured blog stating Google’s commitment to bringing Flash and AIR to Android-based devices. With the continued support from OSP partners and the ubiquity and flexibility of the Adobe Flash Platform the possibilities are endless for our customers.
Listed below are a few blog posts and videos from some our developers who have created AIR for Android apps in the last few days from the AIR apps they originally developed for the iPhone. You may have already seen some of these in my colleague Lee Brimlow’s previous blog post. Just imagine how easy it will be in the future to create desktop and mobile apps with Adobe AIR.
First Aid (emulator)
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Senior Product Marketing Manager, Adobe Flash Platform