Adobe aims at mobile market with AIR update

Adobe has launched AIR 2.5 which for the first time encompasses smart-phones, tablets PCs, and televisions as well as traditional computers.

AIR is a suite of tools which allows coders to build content-rich Flash applications to run on a multitiude of devices and, from today, it now supports smartphones and tablets based on BlackBerry Tablet OS, Android, iOS, and desktops including Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.

You might be surprised to see iOS hidden in the middle of that list, but it looks like Adobe is persisting with support for Apple's mobile operating system despite the very public handbaggery between Steve Jobs and Adobe's top brass.

Samsung will be the first television manufacturer to integrate support for Adobe AIR 2.5 in Samsung SmartTVs while Acer, HTC, Motorola, RIM, Samsung and others are expected to ship the runtime pre-installed on a variety of devices including tablets and smartphones later this year and early 2011, according to Adobe.

The new toolkit includes support for accelerometers, multi-gesture touch-screens and all of the other doodads currently appearing on the next generation of iPhone and iPad wannabees

The graphics and video outfit is also branching out into the in-App-advertising and content delivery games with Adobe InMarket

"With the release of AIR 2.5, more than three million Flash developers can now build a single game or application and easily deploy it across multiple application stores and devices," said Adobe's David Wadhwani. "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 AIR 2.5 and the Adobe AIR 2.5 SDK for Android and desktop operating systems including Windows, Macintosh and Linux are available today.

The BlackBerry Tablet OS SDK for Adobe AIR beta is available today from RIM while the runtime is expected to ship preloaded on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

Users of Android 2.2 “Froyo” devices can download Adobe AIR directly from Android Market today.