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Adobe: 200m mobile devices to support AIR this year

Flash's tablet and smartphone installbase rising in war with Apple

Adobe believes over 200 million smartphones and tablets will support AIR-based applications by the end of this year.

Runtime environment AIR allows, amongst other features, the operation of Flash-based apps and games on a broad range of mobile devices. Currently, Android is the primary platform for this.

It is the cornerstone of Adobe's cold war against Apple, with the latter famously refusing to support Flash on its iOS devices. However, it has recently relented now at least allowing exported versions of apps that originated in Flash/AIR.

Adobe's senior vice president David Wadhwani told VentureBeat that over 20 million smartphones with Flash 10.1 were shipped last year, with the platform itself having been downloaded some 7 million times from the Android Market.

Of the 200 million device projection, Adobe believes 132 million will be smartphones, with tablets constituting a large portion of the leftover.

In addition, developers had created some 1500 AIR-based Apps during the first two months of its availability for Android.

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Latest comments (3)

Graham Simpson Tea boy, Collins Stewart6 years ago
In your face Jobs!
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Rob Craig Instructor / Writer 6 years ago
This is a crazy "cold war" to begin with. The greed level of Apple is at dangerous levels. Their position in the competitive mobile market has only one way to move ... downward.
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Andrew Ihegbu Studying Bsc Commercial Music, University of Westminster6 years ago
Its not greed based. Its because Jobs held a grudge against Adobe after they released flash for Mac. The original code was very poorly written and resource hungry. It also was the source of many original security holes, and Adobe didn't respond to his calls to make a better version for a good while.

That said, its a grudge that will bite him in the butt. Unfortunately, with apples reputation for releasing cutting edge stuff before anyone else (I think there are still only a handful of phone that match the iPhone 4s resolution and none match the ppi) they will survive until the rest of the phone market can actually be bothered to innovate.
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