AIR for Android

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

As you may be aware, Adobe currently has a private beta of AIR for the Android Operating System.

Although still in it’s early stages, the core platform is quite stable and support from the AIR engineering team has been very good while the pre-release forums have also been quite active with lots of useful information being shared daily. In just a little under an hour I was able to have two POCs demonstrating the Accelerometer and MultiTouch Gesture capabilities running flawlessly on my Droid. Additionally, I was also able to develop a very basic Geolocation prototype in next to no time at all which accurately conveyed latitude / longitude, altitude and even speed. In the time since I have been focusing on real world applications and the results have been excellent for such early stages of the platform.

Some notable features I have been working with are: GPS, Accelerometer, Multitouch / Gestures, SMS/TEL URI Schemes, IME, S/W Keyboard, Screen Orientation, Screen Dimming, Menu/Back keys and more.

As the pre-release and my applications built on AIR for Android progress I will share my findings as well as provide open source APIs, code examples, videos and / or screen shots of the apps I am working on, so stay tuned for more information.

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