At Mobile World Congress™ 2010, Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ:ADBE) today announced advancements to the Adobe® Flash® Platform including the unveiling of Adobe® AIR® on mobile devices, a consistent runtime for standalone applications to come out of the Open Screen Project™, an industry-wide initiative led by Adobe that has grown to close to 70 ecosystem partners. With support for the Android™ platform expected in 2010, AIR provides developers with a feature-rich environment for delivering rich applications outside the mobile browser and across multiple operating systems via mobile marketplaces and app stores. AIR leverages mobile specific features from Flash® Player 10.1, is optimized for high performance on mobile screens and designed to take advantage of native device capabilities for a richer and more immersive user experience.
Adobe also announced that a beta of Flash Player 10.1 was made available to content providers and mobile developers worldwide.According to a Strategy Analytics analysis from January 2010, more than 250 million smartphones are expected to support the full Flash Player by the end 2012. Mobile platforms that will support the full Flash Player include Android, the BlackBerry® platform, Symbian® OS, Palm® webOS and Windows Mobile®.
We know that Apple’s iPad not supporting Adobe Flash, and Steve Jobs criticised Adobe Flash earlier, now the latest Windows Phone first version is also not supporting the Adobe Flash at this movement.But Windows Mobile may support Adobe Flash in future versions.
Adobe is seriously trying to save its most popular software Adobe Flash from HTML5, which will kill Flash in YouTube and iPad.
At this movement, this announcement Adobe Unveils AIR on Mobile Devices will be an interesting step from Adobe to save Flash.