Adobe Flash for Android leaves beta, Air coming Q4

Adobe has today revealed at an Adobe Android summit in San Francisco that the company plans to bring support for their popular Adobe Air software to Android devices in the fourth quarter of this year.

The news comes as the software company further re-affirms their focus on the mobile market, in particular the Android operating system, announcing that Adobe Flash 10.1 for Android on Nexus One devices has now left beta and is available for download on the Android Marketplace. However, most other devices including HTC Desire and EVO which are already running Android 2.2 can't currently update to the latest version of Flash because the 10.1 beta comes pre-installed.

The company also revealed at the meeting today that they also plan to ship an edition of Adobe Air for Android, with plans to make the software available sometime in the fourth quarter of 2010. Adobe Air is a cross-platform environment which allows developers to create rich internet applications using the likes of Flash or Flex and run them as desktop applications easily.

Adobe is refusing to comment at this stage on how users will be able to get Air when it does become available saying more information will be available soon (likely at the company's annual MAX conference in October), but it's likely it will be either be downloadable from the Android Marketplace or built-in to a future version of Android.

Today's news comes as Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen was quoted as saying the company has "moved on" from the Apple-Adobe wars which saw Apple refuse to bring support for Flash to their iOS operating system which runs on devices including the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, labelling it amongst other things an outdated technology.

"Apple have made their choice. We've made ours and we've moved on," Narayen reportedly told The Telegraph.

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However, most other devices including HTC Desire and EVO which are already running Android 2.2 can't currently update to the latest version of Flash because the 10.1 beta comes pre-installed.

This is why I rooted my Desire and installed a copy of Froyo vanilla (almost). No pre-installed apps, and everything is uninstallable; and even without HTC sense, I have found alternative software for everything that I used it for.

AIR applications are kind of slow in my experience (Raptr was using AIR, but not anymore). Did they fix that?

KSib said,
AIR applications are kind of slow in my experience (Raptr was using AIR, but not anymore). Did they fix that?

*shrug* EA Downloader uses it. It isn't slow, but it doesn't do much either.

Apple is really starting to **** me off with their attitude. There is a fine line between what they call "quality control" and just being stubborn. I have been using the iPhone for the last 12 months to give it a fair go and while some aspects of this phone are amazing watching what my friends are doing on their HTC Desires and Droid phones freely makes me want to make the switch to Android sooner then my contract term.

/rant

I have a nexus one and have tried flash on it. It sucks.
While being able to access SOME flash-only pages is nice, the experience is generally lackluster. Steve Jobs was actually right with the whole "mouse over" thing. I watched a video once and I couldn't really click on the playback controls because these would only appear upon hovering the mouse over the video. On the phone, this control bar would appear and disappear.

Another thing is text input. Apparently there are different ways in flash to make text input happen. But on the phone, only one of these methods will actually make the touch keyboard pop up. So you can't really type text on most flash applications because the keyboard doesnt really appear.

Flash isnt really noticeably slow or anything. But I've found video playback to be sloppy sometimes, I believe because there is no hardware acceleration and it's all handled by the CPU.

So the only thing flash excels at, is showing ads. And when I'm in my phone, I rather get the boring gifs.

Ently said,
Apple is really starting to **** me off with their attitude. There is a fine line between what they call "quality control" and just being stubborn. I have been using the iPhone for the last 12 months to give it a fair go and while some aspects of this phone are amazing watching what my friends are doing on their HTC Desires and Droid phones freely makes me want to make the switch to Android sooner then my contract term.

/rant

Do what I did, dropped APPLE & AT&T. I now have the Droid X and I'm loving it. FREEDOM! Plus, google is innovating at a much faster pace. Still can't believe that the iPhone charges for turn by turn directions through Tom Tom. Unfortunately though I had to pay the early termination fees. Just look at the pros and cons and make your decision.

Scutley said,
Does this mean i can download it for the Droid 1 yet through the marketplace, or is only for Nexus One still?

Officially still only available for the Nexus One. Though unofficially you can still get beta 3 and run it on a Froyo equipped Droid 1

SharpGreen said,

Officially still only available for the Nexus One. Though unofficially you can still get beta 3 and run it on a Froyo equipped Droid 1

I thought so I'm trying to find how to do that.

Thank you

Edited by Scutley, Aug 17 2010, 1:43am : to say thank you

Reading this from my Droid so good news. Also nice since at work we are currently starting to develop for Air so one day soon I'll be able to test out our apps on my phone too.

Has anyone had a chance to test this out in either beta or non-beta form? How were things performance wise? Were you able to watch Hulu or did it just mean you can see website's Flash ads?

GaMMa said,
Has anyone had a chance to test this out in either beta or non-beta form? How were things performance wise? Were you able to watch Hulu or did it just mean you can see website's Flash ads?

Installed the final version on my Desire, not tested it yet but with the beta allowed watching movies on youtube etc, should work on Hulu but not tried it as I live in the UK, sure that Hulu is US only iirc.