Today at the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Adobe made several exciting announcements that further the company’s leadership role in bringing a richer, more immersive user experience to mobile devices.
Adobe unveiled AIR on mobile devices and announced that a beta of Flash Player 10.1 was made available to content providers and mobile developers worldwide. Adobe AIR enables developers to build cross-platform, standalone applications and deliver them through app stores, mobile marketplaces, adobe.com and other ways. General availability of AIR for Android is expected in 2010. Additional platforms including BlackBerry are expected to be supported in the future.
Adobe is also confirming that the full Flash Player (Flash Player 10.1) is on track for general availability in the first half of 2010. If you’re attending the show, drop by the Adobe booth (Stand 1D45 in Hall 1) to talk to Adobe experts and see Flash Player 10.1 running on Android, Palm WebOS and other platforms and devices. As part of the announcement Adobe also shared that the Open Screen Project has grown to close to 70 partners, all working to bring uncompromised Web browsing to smartphones, tablets, smartbooks, netbooks and other consumer electronics.
On the partnership front, Adobe has joined the LiMo Foundation, allowing developers to bring Flash to LiMo devices. Current members of LiMo include some of the largest operators and OEMs in the industry, including LG, NEC, NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Panasonic, Samsung, SK Telecom, Telefonica, Vodafone, and Verizon Wireless. A full description of LiMo can be found here.