Adobe has announced that the latest version of its cross-platform runtime environment, Adobe Integrated Runtime, aka AIR, will be making its way to Android, BlackBerry smartphones and tablets, plus Samsung TVs.
AIR 2.5 will enable developers to construct robust Internet-based applications using existing HTML, Flash and ActionScript code, which will, in theory, be able to run across all AIR-compatible devices, or at the very least make it easier to developers to bring applications to multiple platforms.
Adobe noted on its website: “The Android platform has gained amazing momentum with both developers and consumers; according to the latest Nielsen's survey, Android has recently become the top mobile operating system in the United States, ahead of the Apple iOS, which powers the iPhone.
“These users will be able to download AIR applications just like any native Android application.
"If the AIR runtime is not already installed on the Android device, users will automatically be directed to download the AIR runtime from the Android Market.”
Adobe also threw in its support for Research In Motion’s upcoming PlayBook tablet, saying it "really wants to get into the game". It also confirmed that it is working with Microsoft to bring AIR to the recently launched Windows Phone 7.
The decision to expand AIR to multiple mobile platforms is not surprising given Apple has almost entirely purged Adobe’s Flash-based software from its iDevices in favour of HTML5.
Adobe Air 2.5 is expected to hit Android in Q4 2010.