Winning Tablet Apps for Adobe AIR App Challenge, Sponsored by Sony, Announced

Today, Adobe and Sony are excited to announce the winners of the ‘Adobe® AIR® App Challenge, Sponsored by Sony’. The contest launched in July to drive the creation of breakthrough Flash based apps powered by Adobe AIR for the Android-based Sony Tablet™ S and Sony Tablet™ P. The winners will receive a cash prize plus premium promotion* of their app for Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P via Sony’s Select App, the website with a shortcut icon on the tablets’ home-screen to highlight Sony-recommended Android™ apps.

Hundreds of entries were received from developers in eligible countries, including Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, UK and USA. The winning apps in five categories (excluding ‘MAX Public Favorite’) were selected by a panel of Adobe and Sony judges and industry experts. Submitted apps were judged based on quality and performance on Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P, innovation and creativity, and overall user experience. All apps are now live and available for download from Android Market™ – visit the links below. Congrats to the winners and thanks to everyone who submitted an app!

List of Winning Applications by Category

  • Grand Prize ($100,000 US): Tweet Huntby RED Interactive Agency
    • Tweet Hunt is a classic shooting gallery game powered by Twitter.

  • Best Game ($20,000 US): Conveyor, by drMikeyStudios
    • Conveyor is an addictive word game – race the clock to score the most points!

  • Best Entertainment App ($20,000 US): Kidoodle: Pirate Scribblebeard, by Kidoodle Apps
    • Join Oscar, Josephine and Pirate Scribblebeard in this groundbreaking new type of interactive, animated, drawing app for kids.

  • Best Business & Productivity App ($20,000 US): Conqu, by AsFusion
    • Conqu is an easy-to-use yet powerful task management application that will help you conquer your inbox with style.

  • Best Lifestyle & Community App ($20,000 US): Sylvester’s Band, by Uncle Handsalt
    • Sylvester’s Band is Sylvester’s Band an interactive book for children ages 2-7, with 35+ pages and English voiceover.

  • Most Innovative App ($10,000 US): LEVEL, by drMikeyStudios
    • LEVEL is a puzzle-platformer with a twist. Designed specifically for the Sony Tablet P, LEVEL takes specific advantage of the two screen layout.

  • MAX Public Favorite ($10,000 US): Cassandra Stand – News & Clock, by Small Screen Design
    • Transform your tablet into a useful stand with date & clock, weather forecast and top stories from more than 50 countries. (Announced last month at MAX 2011, Adobe’s annual developer and designer conference, based on a public vote from the ten applications selected for the Adobe MAX Showcase prizes).

The Android-powered Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P devices combine all of Sony’s innovations rolled into one including unique hardware, content and network services with seamless usability to create a world of engaging networked entertainment experiences.

Sony Tablet devices are distinguished by four key features that set them apart from any other tablets on the market. These include: optimally designed hardware and software, a “swift and smooth” performance, cross-device connectivity and network entertainment services including Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited, PlayStation® Store and Reader™ Store.

Sony Tablet S is optimized for rich media entertainment on its 9.4-inch touchscreen display and its unique asymmetric design allows for hours of comfortable use. With a powerful NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 mobile processor, the Sony Tablet S lets you enjoy the web as well as your favorite content and applications on its large, high-resolution screen and built-in Wi-Fi® compatibility means Internet connectivity virtually anywhere there’s a hotspot.

Available in 2012 exclusively on AT&T’s mobile broadband network, Sony Tablet P is ideal for mobile communication and entertainment. With its revolutionary folding design and two 5.5-inch displays, it can easily fit into a pocket, purse or backpack. Sony Tablet P is both Wi-Fi and 3G/4G capable allowing users access to digital content including videos, games, and e-mail, while on the go, nearly anytime. Taking advantage of its unprecedented design, Sony Tablet P allows for dual screen functionality  within specific applications, , such as playing games on one screen while using the other as a controller or reading e-mail on one screen while using the other as a software keyboard.

For additional contest details, please visit the ‘Adobe AIR App Challenge, Sponsored by Sony’ website at http://airappchallenge.com. For more information on Adobe AIR, go to www.adobe.com/products/air.html.


* Requires signing a premium promotional agreement with Sony

MAX Showcase App Winners for the Adobe AIR App Challenge, Sponsored by Sony, Revealed

We’re very excited to announce the Adobe MAX Showcase App winners, part of the Adobe AIR App Challenge, Sponsored by Sony! These ten individuals submitted working versions of their AIR apps earlier this month, and a number of them have already been submitted via Android Market to run on the new Sony Tablets S (available now) and Sony Tablet P (coming soon). They have also won a full conference pass and paid travel to MAX and qualify for the MAX Public Favorite vote prize of $10,000 plus additional prizes.

Here’s the prologue to a five-episode story called “Two Will,” featuring the new Sony Tablets:

If you happen to be at MAX, be sure to check out their apps at the Adobe AIR App Challenge, Sponsored by Sony booth in the MAX Community Pavilion. The winners themselves will be presenting and demoing their apps in the booth on Mon Oct 3 6:00-8:00pm PST and Tues Oct 4, 12:30-2:00pm PST. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite app to win the MAX Public Favorite prize of $10,000. Cast your vote by 6:00pm PST on October 4 here! And here are your MAX Showcase Apps and developers:

Age of Defender, CUKETA: A multiplayer tower defense game, where you can protect your base and conquer your opponents.

Cassandra Stand – News & Clock, Small Screen Design: An elegant, cross-platform mobile app transforming your tablet into a useful and visually appealing stand with Date & Clock, Weather Forecast and Top Stories from more than 50 countries.

Conqu, AsFusion: An easy-to-use yet powerful task management app that will help you conquer your inbox with style.  

Conveyor, drMikeyStudios: An addictive word game, where you race against the clock to score the most points!

On AIR powered by Last.fm, Patrick Heinzelmann: Browse the latest information about artists, tracks, album or events while listening to your favorite music.

QueueManager, UnitedMindset: Connect, browse, search, manage and watch your Netflix Queue on the go.

SnackJack, Masque Publishing: Take your pigs to county fairs, fatten them up and retire your champion swine in style!

Studiopass, VIEWPARTNERS LIMITED: Real-time, user-friendly cloud based content sharing & collaboration for the visual media professional.

SylvestersBand, Uncle Handsalt (MortenSandholt on Android Market): An interactive book for children ages 2-7, with 35+ pages and English voiceover.  

TweetHunt, RED Interactive Agency: A classic shooting gallery game powered by Twitter.

Don’t worry—it’s not too late to submit for the Adobe AIR App Challenge and win up to $200,000 in total cash prizes plus featured app promotion on the Sony Tablets! To be selected as a finalist, be sure to submit your app or app project by Oct 10. For more information, visit http://www.airappchallenge.com/. Good luck!

Flash Support on Windows 8 and Metro

We expect Windows desktop to be extremely popular for years to come (including Windows 8 desktop) and that it will support Flash just fine, including rich web based games and premium videos that require Flash. In addition, we expect Flash based apps will come to Metro via Adobe AIR, much the way they are on Android, iOS and BlackBerry Tablet OS today, including the recent number one paid app for the iPad on the Apple App Store, Machinarium, which is built using Flash tools and deployed on the Web using Flash Player and through app stores as a standalone app.

Adobe is about enabling content publishers and developers to deliver the richest experiences for their users, independent of technology, including HTML5 and Flash. We are working closely with Microsoft, Google, Apple and others in the HTML community to drive innovation in HTML5, to make it as rich as possible for delivering world-class content on the open Web and through App Stores.

We are excited about the innovation and opportunities that are available to our customers and Adobe as the web and platforms evolve across devices, including Windows 8 and Metro.

UPDATED: 9/15/11

Got Apps? Submit them for the Adobe AIR App Challenge, Sponsored by Sony

The Adobe AIR App Challenge, Sponsored by Sony, has taken off and there have already been some great AIR apps for Android Market submitted to run on the two new “Sony Tablet” Devices coming this fall. There’s still time to submit your killer apps so put your developer skills to the test!

If you submit working versions of your apps by Sept. 16, they could be selected as an Adobe MAX Showcase App and you could win a full conference pass, paid travel to MAX in LA (Oct. 1-5), qualify for the MAX Public Favorite vote prize of $10,000 plus additional prizes. All app or app project submissions are due by Oct. 10 in order to be selected as a Finalist. Submit your AIR apps for the App Challenge and you could win $200,000 in total cash prizes plus premium promotion on “Sony Tablet” devices.

For details and submissions, visit www.airappchallenge.com. To learn more, join us for a webinar on Sept. 1 by registering in advance. Here’s the fourth episode of a five-episode story arc, “Two will,” featuring Sony Tablet:

We’re also excited to announce the judges on board for the App Challenge. They’ll be reviewing apps submitted in the various categories (Entertainment, Lifestyle & Community, Games, Business & Productivity, and Innovation) and selecting the winners. Here they are…show ‘em what you’ve got and good luck!

Rob Ford, Founder and Principal, The FWA Network

Since establishing Favourite Website Awards in the UK in May 2000, Ford has been focused on showcasing digital innovation from pioneering creative individuals and agencies across the world. His hands-on approach has ensured that the best digital work of the last 11+ years always gets the exposure it deserves. He also oversees the other FWA showcase sites for mobile and photography and has two bestselling books under his belt. Prior to FWA, Rob worked for companies including Halifax PLC and American Express.

Jolie O’Dell, Journalist, VentureBeat

O’Dell brings 11 years of experience in journalism into her work in technology. As a daily writer for some of the most popular and influential technology blogs on the web, including ReadWriteWeb, Mashable, and VentureBeat, she has spent extensive time and research on the mobile and web development industry, focusing on startups as well as on the titans of the industry, such as Facebook and Google.

Michael Gough, Vice President of Experience Design, Adobe

Gough is the leader of Adobe’s Experience Design Team (XD), an internal design practice focusing on the next generation of digitally enabled experiences. A longtime advocate for quality in all digital experiences, he has been pushing the digital envelope for years. Previously, Gough was the Chief Creative Officer at Macromedia, Vice President of Brand Design at Nike, the Chief Creative Officer of Quokka Sports, and the Creative Director of Construct.

Ricky Liversidge, VP of Product Marketing, Media Solutions, Adobe

Liversidge is responsible for the definition and execution of Adobe’s Media Solutions strategy, covering Digital Publishing, Video Solutions as well as Mobile/Device partnering. During his 16 years at Adobe, he led the marketing efforts in North America, Asia, UK and Western Europe as well as product marketing for Adobe Acrobat. Prior to joining Adobe, Liversidge was a business manager at Computer 2000 and he held marketing roles at JVC Systems and Summagraphics.

Hideyuki Furumi, VP Business Planning and Strategy Division of the VAIO and Mobile Business Group, Sony

Furumi is responsible for overseeing Sony’s worldwide marketing, product planning and business development for PC, Tablet, Walkman and Reader products. He has 25 years of experience at Sony, which includes marketing and business management of multiple consumer electronics and IT products—plus 17 years of assignments overseas throughout South East Asia, Europe and North America.

Makoto Ishii, General Manager of Product Planning, VAIO and Mobile Business Group, Sony

Ishii is responsible for Sony Tablet product planning, business strategy and business creation with strategic partners. During his 19 years at Sony, Ishii’s roles have included R&D, engineering and system architect for IT area products, as well as project manager for the development of Sony’s communication-related products. After completing his education at MIT Sloan School of Management, he also covered business strategy for new business areas around IT technology experiences.

 

UPDATE: Please note that due to the need for early access to pre-release prototypes, the contest is only open to submissions from the US, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and the UK. For complete rules, visit http://www.airappchallenge.com/rules.php.

Enter the Adobe AIR App Challenge, Sponsored by Sony – Win Up to $200,000 in Total Cash Prizes

Calling all developers! Do you want to create, distribute and monetize your apps across the newest devices hitting the market? Well, look no further than the “Sony Tablet” devices! Today, Adobe and Sony announced the Adobe AIR App Challenge, Sponsored by Sony. We want to get some great AIR apps on Android Market optimized for the two “Sony Tablet” models coming out this fall!

Sony will be releasing two tablets with an innovative look and feel. The Sony Tablet S1 (codename) is optimized for rich media entertainment and the Sony Tablet S2 (codename) is ideal for mobile communication and entertainment. Both will tap into Android Market and allow consumers to take advantage of the nearly 4,000 AIR apps and dozens of digital publications already available. Check out the sleek designs of Sony’s new tablets!

 

With the latest tools like Flash Professional CS5.5, Flash Builder 4.5 and Flex 4.5 at your disposal, creating powerful cross-platform AIR apps has never been easier. Submit your AIR apps for the App Challenge and you could win $200,000 in total cash prizes plus premium promotion on “Sony Tablet” devices. The contest will give developers selected as Finalists pre-release access to “Sony Tablet” prototypes along with the latest version of Adobe tools and AIR. The categories for the App Challenge include Entertainment, Lifestyle & Community, Games, Business & Productivity, and Innovation. Only 80 Finalist slots are available, so submit your apps today and no later than Oct. 10!

Additionally, Sony is a platinum sponsor for Adobe MAX, Adobe’s annual conference kicking off in LA on Oct. 1. If you submit working versions of your apps by Sept. 16, they could be selected as a MAX Showcase App and you could win a full conference pass, paid travel to MAX (Oct. 1-5) and additional prizes! Final app submissions are due and must be available on Android Market by Nov. 11.

Visit the Adobe AIR App Challenge site for details and deadlines. Please note that due to the need for early access to pre-release prototypes, the contest is only open to submissions from the US, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and the UK. We look forward to seeing the innovative application experiences you bring to Sony’s new tablets!

Wacom Showcases the Power of the Pen and Multi-Touch with the Flash Platform

Leading tablet maker Wacom has always pushed the envelope when it comes to creative expression. However, when the company wanted to extend its brand from the physical world to the virtual one (targeting the mass consumer market) they decided to go with the Adobe Flash Platform given its ease of use and broad reach.

After bringing on the help of digital agencies Gugga and Fantasy Interactive, Wacom created Bamboo Dock, a downloadable Adobe AIR desktop application that holds, manages and launches applications for Wacom’s line of Bamboo tablets. Aside from AIR, Bamboo Dock was developed using Flash Platform tools, including Flash Professional CS5, Flash Builder 4 and Flash Catalyst. (Bamboo Dock even won an Adobe 2010 MAX Award in the ‘Social Computing’ category).

With the stroke of a pen, users can open and minimize the Bamboo Dock as well as open and add applications—providing a fast way to access fun, easy and useful tools for everything from note taking and doodling to gaming and sharing work with friends. Wacom turned to the Flash Platform to inspire users, drive hardware sales and bring creative users together through a growing lineup of applications.

In its first year, Bamboo Dock helped Wacom sell 30 percent more Bamboo tablets than the previous year, and they received 3 million application downloads plus 600,000 dock downloads. Strong technology integration across the Flash Platform allowed Wacom to quickly make updates and deliver results in a third of the time they anticipated. Already in the works, Wacom plans to transfer its applications across multiple devices and platforms. Find out more about how Wacom used Flash Platform technologies to deliver Bamboo Dock here.

MWC 2011 and Flash Platform: Good Progress and Good Performance

With Mobile World Congress coming to a close in Barcelona, we are seeing tremendous momentum for the Flash Platform runtimes on mobile devices. It’s incredibly exciting to see, touch and play with all the latest devices that our ecosystem partners are announcing and launching this year, including tablets like the Motorola XOOM, RIM Blackberry PlayBook and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S II, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro and neo and the five new Android smartphones from HTC. With beautiful web content for Flash Player and rich apps built with AIR, these devices highlight the wide adoption of both the Flash Player and AIR, especially since the former has only been available for about 6 months and AIR has only been available for a little more than 3 months!

While the momentum has been astonishing, there are still some questions on how Flash Player is performing on mobile devices. Tim Siglin, an editor at Streaming Media and co-founder of Transitions, Inc., wanted to find out for himself and published his findings in his whitepaper Performance or Penalty – Assessing Flash Player 10.1 Impact on Android Handsets. It is an in-depth look at the performance of Flash Player on a number of mobile devices, and the results may surprise you. Key highlights from the whitepaper include:

  • For the vast majority of video content delivered for Flash Player on mobile devices, performance is equivalent to the full frame rate experience on desktop. This is a huge improvement vs. video played back on previous devices.
  • The most significant factors impacting mobile battery life for video playback, for both Flash Player and the native device player, is appropriate video encoding and optimization.
  • There is minimal, if any, impact on mobile device battery life with Flash Player, even with multiple apps running.
  • All web content, running in Flash Player or not, consume battery power at consistent rates over WiFi in the native browser.
  • GPS, 3G and other resources on a phone consume more power than Flash Player, including when highly interactive content is viewed.
  • Flash Player 10.1 performance was 350% better than equivalent content in HTML, running an average of 24 frames per second for Flash Player 10.1 and 7 fps for HTML.

These initial findings support the positive feedback we have seen from users on Android Market where there have been over 6M downloads, 150K ratings resulting in a 4.5 out of 5.0 stars for Flash Player. Here are a few additional new devices that were announced yesterday at Mobile World Congress that are supporting the Flash Platform runtimes:

Now that’s a tablet!

Powerful CPU? Check! 1.6GHz Intel Atom.
Capable of HD video? Check! 1080p!
Camera? Check! 1 front, 1 back.
Flash Player 10.1? Check!
Adobe AIR 2? Check!
HDMI-out? Check!
USB port? Check!
Expandable storage? Check! SDHC card slot.
Pen/digitizer support? Check! Perfect for your finer art/graphics projects.
I can install whatever I like? Check! Runs Windows 7.
Multi-tasking? Check!
Easy to use touch UI? Check! HP built [...]

Flash Brings the Web to Life

We just posted a few new videos to give you an update on mobile apps and the breadth of Flash content on the Web available on exciting new devices, like the upcoming Dell tablet.

Standalone Apps Outside the Browser

With dozens of tablets and new smartphones coming to market over the coming weeks and months, developers want to know how to deploy and monetize their apps across screens without having to rewrite apps for every platform and device – from smartphones, to tablets, netbooks, televisions, and others.

Today, we announced that more than 100 AIR apps, coming out of a limited pre-release program with developers, are available on Apple’s App Store. Created with Flash Pro CS5 and wrapped as native apps (via the Packager for the iPhone, a capability of AIR 2), AIR apps can be distributed to the iPhone and Apple’s tablet today, as well as Android, BlackBerry and other platforms in the coming months. Check out two videos for more details at:

Packager for iPhone Demos from Mark Doherty on Vimeo.

Browsing of Flash Content on New Mobile Devices

At the same time, Adobe and its partners believe in the free flow of content across screens and in enabling consumers to browse the full Web, including over 70% of games and 75% of video that are delivered with Flash. Check out this new video, which features different mobile devices including a sneak peak of one of Dell’s new tablets (5” tablet, not released yet) plus Dell’s 12” smartbook (Latitude Xt2) running a broad variety of Flash content.

We are excited to work with Dell to bring uncompromised Web browsing to its new devices. As previously announced, we’re also working with HP on their new line of tablets that will deliver the full Web with support for Flash Player 10.1.

Previewing Flash Experiences on HP's Slate Device

Not only are we seeing more and more cool tablets come to market this year, but the features on the tablets are getting more compelling as well. Alan Tam from the Adobe Flash Player team got a sneak peak of the new HP Slate device last week. Check out his report on what you can do with it. Slate users will soon be able to enjoy their favorite websites, online games, and videos inside of a browser with Flash Player, as well as standalone applications with AIR. Stay tuned for more Flash-enabled mobile devices, smartbooks, and tablets in 2010.

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