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Adobe AIR Headed to Smartphones, webOS Included 21

by Jason Robitaille Mon, 15 Feb 2010 9:47 am EST

We already knew that Flash is coming to webOS, but today, during an Adobe conference at Moble World Congress, it was announced that Adobe is bring their Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) to smartphones, including webOS.

Adobe's AIR lets developers create applications based on web programming languages like HTML and javascript, and naturally with support for Adobe Flash and Adobe Flex.

This move by Adobe is part of their efforts to entice developers over, and really it's quite smart. Developers will only need to make a single AIR application and that will be deployable on all major smartphone platforms.

Keen readers might remember how back in September we reported on how Flash 10.1 would include support multi-touch and accelerometers. Well, evidently Adobe's continuing down that route and Gizmodo is reporting multi-touch support is present in the Android port at the very least.

From the sounds of it, AIR will be debuting on the Android and will launch on other platforms, including webOS thereafter.  This is an interesting announcement to say the least. It'll definitely be fascinating to see how events unravel from here.

[via: Gizmodo]



I love it when webOS gets treated fairly.

I only wish, and the eReader folks would follow Adobe's lead.

My understanding (via Leo Laporte in a few of his audible commercials) is that Audible relies on platform manufacturers to include support, so that may be more up to Palm than Audible.

As for eReader, have you tried pReader? They say it's supposed to work with DRMed epub books (although I haven't tried it).

I have been using pReader and am VERY happy. it has worked on my eReader and Mobipocket books. So now I am buying books from again instead of I am somewhat happy with kobo (shortcovers) also but they need to update things a bit. Make it faster, automatically save, and have more books for sale. About the only thing pReader is missing is workable links in the ebook. That being said I hope eReader supports Palm also.

I think this is fantastic news, if they do it right.

If the APIs are sufficiently comprehensive, and we can access all the stuff we need to without getting platform specific, e.g.
- downloading files
- accelerometer
- cross-app launching
- contact selection
- persistence
etc, then this could surpass PhoneGap for cross platform development. And all still inside WebKit. This is a very good move for Adobe.

I'm curious if this will allow developers to create flash style applications. This would make some groovy stuff.

Wow this sounds really promising...this could be the start of some really cool apps

That's great news for our future with Webos.Just waiting to have Flash 10.1 in my greedy little hands for now.

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there should be a comma between air and headed cuz for a second there i thought Jason was calling adobe "Air Headed"

This is awesome! I'd love to see Tweetdeck on the WebOS. Would be even better if all your AIR apps would sync accounts and settings (between desktop and handheld etc.)

This IS awesome. Right now there are about 2000 apps available for the pre. This little key would open up just about every app that is flash based and there are basically millions of apps that are based in this platform.

Tweetdeck just tips the iceberg on potential.

I'm very curious about how they will run these apps efficiently as well as allow multitasking.

i guess we'll see.

TweetDeck here we come!

Sounds Exciting!!!

have they given an ETA?

Color me dense but is AIR a java platform or Flash?

AIR is Flash, not Java. WebOS already relies heavily on Java.

Anyway, this is pretty exciting news. I hope it has good performance! AIR apps tend to be slower.

I am sure with Adobe's new focus on GPU acceleration in a similar vein to Flash 10.1, this will enhance performance considerably.

I don't see Flash or AIR hitting the iPhone ever, Apple would never allow it, how could they profit off these apps?

This is interesting. One of my favorite apps for managing Twitter, Seesmic, is an Air app. Wonder if it will ever make its way to a WebOS incarnation?

Well, I think this officially means JavaFX mobile is dead. For those of you asking, "What the heck is JavaFX?" I rest my case. :)

Personally, I dont know why people think that developing in HTML and Javascript is easier than in Java. Its not. In fact, it is MUCH harder. Its harder to debug. There is no type safety. Web development is a pain in the asterisk compared to the intuitive ease of Java app development.