Flash has been reported to come and is still expected to come to Android but the bigger news might be Adobe announcing that they're going to bring Adobe AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) to Android. AIR will allow developers to develop one AIR-based application and be able to reach every platform. There'll be no need to tweak an app for each OS because the app would run in the AIR environment--an AIR app would essentially be platform-free. 

Basically, the idea is to get Adobe AIR on as many smartphone platforms as possible because the more support it has, the easier it'll be to take off. AIR apps performance seems to be rather snappy and is as close to 'native' as possible. Check out the video after the jump to see for yourself. Adobe AIR will come to Android first, exactly when we don't know.

One thing we ask Adobe, no long and drawn-out process to get AIR on Android like there was/is for Flash. Thanks!

Hit the jump to see a video of Adobe AIR in action on Android!

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There are 8 comments

efexay says:

hello tweetdeck?

aeischeid says:

"develop one... application and be able to reach every platform" This is the goal of web-applications. so... why do we need or want AIR? if Adobe really wanted to make life easier for developers they could work harder are moving web standards forward, or building awesome browsers. but in order to snare developers and ultimately overcharge for development tools in a closed platform - I suppose AIR makes sense when you think of it like that.

citi says:

this is very...very smart for Adobe. Air is a nice runtime and could open the door for a lot of new apps. Tweetdeck, Seesmic, ebay, etc. Looks like they know Flash is dying so they are moving into the applications realm.

brindy says:

I foresee sales of enhanced batteries for Android going through the roof.

If anyone is actually interested in developing for mobile using Flash/Flex but wants to be able to deliver *native* apps for a range of platforms (Android, iPhone, Symbian, etc) a more compelling alternative might be Open Plug : http://www.openplug.com/

p4trickh#IM says:

Do we really want more closed source platforms? Especially on our phones? Adobe could do so much good for the internet, they could literally pioneer new standards that open up amazing potential in the internet but instead every step they take kills every chance of that by making proprietary, bloated and poorly written products in a way that gives them too much power over something that should be as open and as free as "air" (forgive the pun).

Chris says:

This is great. Something I had never expected.

@efexay,

Web applications are limited by the browser, which across devices and desktops differs. There will never be just one browser -- as that would be a monopoly, nor at the rate things are going will we ever see all browsers conform to one standard. They also do not move fast enough, so they will always be several steps behind environments like AIR and plug-ins.

There's also security restrictions in place that limit any web-app -- which is a good thing.

This is where AIR is useful, it's an uniformed environment based on "Webkit," that allows a developer to create one app and distribute it to multiple desktops and now devices, while having access to areas of the device or desktop that are not accessible by a web-app.

In a sense it's Adobe's browser.

And expensive? That's subjective.

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@brindy,

You're asking if we want more closed platforms on a phone, a device that has traditionally been closed off, to me that seems odd.

AIR will be another development avenue for Android, how is that a bad thing? You don't need to develop in it, it's your choice.

And bloated and poorly written. Get real! Don't confuse poorly written web-apps with the tools. Don't blame the messenger.

You claim that you want open, but yet it comes off that you want to restrict tools that in hands of a competent developer already open up amazing potentials. Great.

And FREE? We can all dream.

AIR is optional, plug-ins are optional. What you call proprietary is a means to reach more areas for some. Proprietary in my eyes is a closed off device like a phone that in its SDK specifies that all applications must be developed on a certain company's computer with a certain OS installed, using only their SDK.

Chris says:

Sorry, I got the names wrong. My first comment is directed towards "aeischeid," my second towards "p4trickh."

brindy says:

No problem, the layout of comments on this site is a little confusing :)