Adobe Pushes Flash & AIR On Android Platforms

In spite of having a cold shoulder from Apple, Adobe seems all set to make a mark at the annual Mobile World Congress starting from today, as the company has announced that it is bringing its popular Flash-based AIR runtime software for handsets while Google Android is getting to be its first host.

The company will demonstrate the preview of the application running on a Motorola Droid handset at the MWC in Barcelona today, with the public release of the software is expected during later half of this year.

AIR boasts of the capability to merge Flash with components, including a local SQL database, functioning outside the browser and is employed by the desktop version of BBC iPlayer and a couple of Twitter clients, such as Tweetdeck.

However, this is the first time the application is being made available for smartphones. AIR for smartphones is based on Adobe’s Flash Player 10.1, which comes as the first full-fledged version of Flash player for mobile handsets and is still in beta.

David Wadhwani, VP of platform business at Adobe, said in a statement: “With the Flash Platform further advancing on mobile devices, we enable developers and content publishers to deliver to any screen, so that consumers have open access to their favorite interactive media, content, and applications across platforms.”

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The company has further billed that as many as 19 out of 20 mobile phone OEMs are deemed to be delivering Flash and it is expected that more than half of the smartphones would be shipped with Flash technology installed in them by the end of 2012. Obviously, the iPhone is not in there.

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