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2 years ago

Adobe makes it official: Adobe AIR now its focus for mobile, HTML5 takes over the web

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Adobe this morning confirmed a ZDNet report that Flash Player would be going the way of the dinosaurs, marking a fairly major shift in the company's mobile strategy. Instead, Adobe will focus on AIR for cross-platform mobile applications, and to ramp up its contributions to HTML5 -- with which it also had been working all along.

Writes Danny Winokur, VP and GM of interactive development at Adobe:

HTML5 is now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively.  This makes HTML5 the best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms. We are excited about this, and will continue our work with key players in the HTML community, including Google, Apple, Microsoft and RIM, to drive HTML5 innovation they can use to advance their mobile browsers.

Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores.  We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.  We will of course continue to provide critical bug fixes and security updates for existing device configurations.  We will also allow our source code licensees to continue working on and release their own implementations.

So that's that. Flash Player will live on in the traditional browser space. But for our smartphones, HTML5 and the mobile web will rule.

Source: Adobe

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2 years ago

Adobe to stop new development on mobile Flash Player

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In a briefing to certain people "close to the matter" Adobe has revealed plans to halt future development of the mobile Flash Player, says ZDNet.  According to the leaked document:

Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.

Adobe will continue to support the current versions of mobile Flash Player, but their main focus will now be on HTML5 and embedded Flash or Air applications for mobile devices.  Flash for the desktop will still be actively developed.  The full announcement is expected sometime today.

What does this mean for those of us that already have Flash on our phones?  Not much.  Security patches and bug fixes will still be developed.  The real changes come when you consider new hardware architecture or new builds of Android.  These deceives won't be supported.  It's an interesting move, and we're curious to see how it plays out.

Source: ZDNet

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2 years ago

Atari's Greatest Hits now on your Android device!

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Ahh, Atari. Long before PlayStation, XBOX and Wii there was Atari. While many of the Atari franchise games have been re-released over the years, they've not quite may their way to Android. That all changed a few days ago with the release of Atari's Greatest Hits in the Android Market.

As a starter, you get Missile Command for free when you download the app and other classics such as Asteroids, Centipede, Gravatar and many others are supported through the in-app purchasing options as game packs. Each game pack will cost you $.99 or if you're looking to go all in, you can purchase all 100 games for $10. The full list is available in the Android Market.

Personally, I went with the $10 for 100 -- It's cheaper that way and you'll never have to worry about buying a game pack for $.99 and only getting one game you like but to each their own. If you dig old school gaming as much as I do, go ahead and jump past the break for the download. Be warned though, you may have to excuse yourself from any plans you made previously.

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2 years ago

Firefox 8 for Android live in the Market now

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Firefox fans listen out, the latest version of Mozillas popular mobile browser, version 8.0, is now live in the Android Market. 

The update promises improved performance, along with the ability to add bookmarked sites to the home screen, and their master password function. This basically allows you to encrypt all your saved passwords with one master password for increased security.

Check the download links after the break.

More: Mozilla

 

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2 years ago

Android Kids App: Radio Disney

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If you've got kids who love Disney music -- or, heck, if you do, too -- check out the Radio Disney app. It's a simple (and free) streaming service full of songs and and interviews via radio stations nationwide. You can mark stations as favorites, see what's been recently played, and send shout-outs through the app. It'll run in the background as well, so you can go about doing non-Disney things while you listen.

We've got download links after the break.

Thanks, Kyle, for the suggestion! See more Android kids apps here

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2 years ago

Burn the Rope Worlds lands in the Android Market

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The folks from Big Blue Bubble have now taken the wraps off their latest in the Burn The Rope series for Android. Burn The Rope Worlds is now available for download in the Android Market and with it, you'll get four new Worlds to explore including Jungle, Mechanical, Fantasy and Space. Those four new Worlds are in addition to the 100 new levels and new Endless Burn mini-game that has been added.

Endless Burn itself, has features 3 different levels of difficulty and can be played using different types flames. Burn The Rope Worlds is free and you'll find their press-release and download link past the break.

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2 years ago

IM+ v5.0 - Now optimized for Android tablets

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If you're still maintaining multiple IM clients on your device, then you'll know how frustrating it can be at times having to keep them all in check. Luckily, there are some apps out there that combine all those platforms and one such app is IM+.

Coming in either a limited free version as well as a paid version, IM+ makes it easy to stay connected. IM+ and IM+ Pro have been updated most recently to address some bugs found in previous build but with the update -- also came quite a few additions as well:

  • Fully optimized for Android OS tablet computers
  • Support of native Android OS "Share" feature
  • IM+ widget allows to change status right from your Android home screen
  • Typing notifications
  • Upload your avatar right from IM+
  • Group chats for AOL/AIM/iChat and ICQ
  • Option to select a different notification for active chat
  • All chats are saved under Chats tab when IM+ is restarted/reconnected
  • Battery usage optimization

For a limited time, SHAPE Services has placed the app on sale in the Android Market. Normall $10, you can now pick up IM+ Pro for only $5 or if you're wishing to give it a go first, you can grab the free version and then decide. The free version download link can be found past the break for you all.

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2 years ago

Villo.net coming to Android; brings easy-to-implement cloud services for developers

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Back where I come from, the world of webOS and the PreCentral Nation, Villo.net has been a service used by more than a few great developers to bring easy-to-implement cloud services to their applications. According to a tweet sent out by the service provider, and our own conversations with the developer team, Villo.net will soon no longer be exclusive to webOS - Android developers are going to get a bit of the sweet action as well.

While there is no set date for a release just yet, when Villo does finally land developers will be able to bring push-chat, gifts, leader-boards, user-profiles and quite a bit more to their existing applications with just a few hooks into Villo API's. This takes away the hassle developers have with building and maintaining their own cloud networks, and will soon pave the way for a completely streamlined cloud ecosystem across all platforms and all types of apps.

From a user's perspective, apps that hook into Villo.net couldn't be simpler to use. Just as if you use your Google account to log into multiple services, app users will log into their Villo.net account one time and have access to their profile, friends, chat rooms, gifts and leader-boards on any Villo-powered apps that they've installed. If developers choose to do so, they can even sync the data across multiple apps and devices so that users never lose what they were doing last (similar to how the Amazon Kindle app saves where you were reading last across devices).

Villo has already seen some nice success with webOS developers, having been used in games, sports apps and location-based apps (to name a few). When it does finally hit the Android Market, you can expect to see plenty of developers get involved. And to be completely honest, it's exciting to see a great team of developers come over to the land of the living and give Android some attention. Head to the Villo.net website to find out more details and sign-up for developer access now; we'll let you know when it finally arrives in the Market, "soon".

Source: Villo.net; Via: Twitter (@Villo)

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2 years ago

Vivid Entertainment announces their own Google TV channel [NSFW]

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Well, not really sure what to say about this other then we all know the adult entertainment industry is seemingly always ahead of the curve when it comes to technology. VHS, DVD, HD, 3D and more, they've been into it all. Vivid Entertainment is no exception to that and now they've got their own Google TV channel to prove it.

"Vivid for Google TV gives our fans a new way to enjoy Vivid movies in high quality HD and with other benefits that provide a very appealing, highly enjoyable, and user friendly experience," said Steven Hirsch, co-founder and co-chairman of Vivid. "It is a central part of our making Vivid available everywhere concept, which gives fans unified access to our content through their personal computers, mobile devices, tablets, television sets and DVD players."

Can't really argue with an industry that wants to deliver their content to you considering most of the time, we're trying to convince other media outlets they should already be delivering it. If you're looking for more information, you can hit the NSFW source link below.

Source: Vivid; Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Nov 5, 2011

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Mmmmm. Apps. We got some more here for you, so let's hit the break together and take a look at our favorites from this week!

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