P2P Video Calls on Android

Note: these AIR features are “working”, although they may not make it into the v1 product.

This week I have been working on a couple of different mini-projects to test out new beta features of AIR 2.5 for Android. The engineering team are pushing out features every week, and I have to say I’m very very impressed with their efforts. We are arguably now at feature parity with the desktop AIR releases, which is precisely the goal of the Open Screen Project.

In the 5/7 build we have added Camera, Microphone, StageWebView and NativeExtensions features to the beta. Of course AIR comes with all of the Flash Player 10.1 features along with multi-touch/gestures, support for bitmap matrix caching and Geolocation APIs.

“FlashTime” is obviously a working title, and the code isn’t exactly stable so I don’t want to release it just yet. I hope I can finish it by next week, by which time it will have a name – suggestions welcome.

Flash/AIR on!

FlashTime – P2P Video Calls on Android

Note: these features are “working”, they may not make it into the v1 product.

This week I have been working on a couple of different mini-projects based on our upcoming release of AIR 2.5 for Android. The engineering team are pushing out features every week, and I have to say I’m very very impressed with their efforts. We are arguably now at feature parity with the desktop Flash Platform, which is precisely the goal of the Open Screen Project.

In the 5/7 build we have added Camera, Microphone, StageWebView and NativeExtensions features to the beta. Of course AIR comes with all of the Flash Player 10.1 features along with multi-touch/gestures, support for bitmap matrix caching and Geolocation APIs.

I’m still working on FlashTime right now and so I don’t want to share the source code just yet. I hope I can finish it by next week and I’ll update this post and Twitter.

Flash/AIR on!

Under The Hood With Adobe: Microphone Access in Flash Player 10.1

In this episode of the “Under The Hood with Adobe” series, Tinic Uro of the Adobe Flash Player engineering team accesses binary data coming from the microphone to create new types of audio applications in Flash Player 10.1. To download Flash Player 10.1 beta, visit Adobe Labs. More episodes will be featured here in the next few days.

Are you getMicrophone()ing?

getmicrophone_logoThis is long, long overdue but the venerable Chuck Freedman has started a site called getMicrophone() for all things related to Flash and the microphone as an input device. This goes really nicely with Chuck’s work at Ribbit and I think it comes at a time when the Microphone is going to become more important to Flash developers. For one, it’s another area that the Flash Player leads Silverlight. Also, as Adobe pushes for more support for gaming as well as tools like Adobe Flash Collaboration Service, the microphone is as important as the mic and the keyboard. Not to mention other things that may be coming down the pipeline.

So if you haven’t seen it, it’s worth checking out. And make sure to bug Chuck to update it some more. Or even better, offer to contribute some tips and tricks!