Android gets some AIR

Adobe has released its AIR authoring tools for the Android platform.

The SDK will allow ActionScript 3 projects to run as native applications which can then be delievered through the Android Market.

Adobe says developers can now write new code or reuse existing web content to build AIR applications for the Android OS.

"Because the source code and assets are reusable across the Flash Platform runtimes, Adobe AIR and Flash Player, it also gives developers a way to more easily target other mobile and desktop environments, says an entry in the Adobe Labs blog.

Several applications have already been built using the pre-release beta which uses much the same tools and tricks as Flash, but allows content to work outside of a browser of Flash Player.

The released version of the SDK and the AIR runtime will not support Android 2.1, focussing instead on version 2.2, codenamed Froyo.

Adobe anticpates that the tools will work on all Android 2.2 devices, though they admit that testing has only been carried out on Google's Nexus One and Motorola Droid handsets thus far.