Adobe AIR 2.5 Goes Mobile

The Adobe AIR runtime is going mobile with a new release officially announced today. With AIR 2.5, Adobe is extending AIR beyond the confines of desktop Windows, Mac and Linux PCs to multiple new platforms including BlackBerry Tablet OS, Android and even TVs.

The AIR 2.5 release is the lastest evolution of Adobe's effort to create a multi-platform application runtime which first debuted back in 2008. AIR leverages the same skills that developers already have with Flash in order to deploy applications for AIR across multiple types of devices.

"With the release of AIR 2.5, more than 3 million Flash developers can now build a single game or application and easily deploy it across multiple application stores and devices," said David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Creative and Interactive Solutions Business, Adobe in a statement. "This is a huge step forward for developers looking to build rich, engaging applications but who have historically had to incur the cost of building them separately for each device and platform."

Adobe did not respond to a request for comment from InternetNews.com by press time.

In addition to the new mobile platform support, AIR 2.5 improves on the runtime with a number of new features. AIR 2.5 now enables more immersive user experience with support for both accelerometers and multi-touch gestures.

Location based applications are now possible with AIR 2.5 with the inclusion of new geolocation support. Additionally, AIR applications have the potential to be more robust thanks to SQLite database support enabling developers to keep data inside of AIR applications.

With AIR 2.5, Adobe is also beginning to blur the line between Flash-based SWF content and HTML. Native browser controls are now enabled inside of AIR providing a home for both Flash and HTML content.

From an application developers perspective, Adobe is now also making it easier for users to find AIR apps with the new Adobe InMarket service for cross-platform AIR apps.

The AIR 2.5 runtime and its associated SDK (Software Development Kit) is available today for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android users. BlackBerry users will have to wait until the BlackBerry Playbook tablet device which will ship preloaded with AIR 2.5.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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