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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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