At this week’s Mobile World Congress, Adobe ( that developers and content publishers can now deploy Adobe AIR applications to more than 84 million smartphones and tablets running iOS and Android.

By the end of 2011, Adobe expects more than 200 million smartphones and tablets to support Adobe AIR applications. For examples of popular AIR applications for Android and iOS, visit .

In addition, Adobe announced that more than 20 million smartphones were shipped or upgraded with Adobe Flash Player 10.1 software on over 35 certified devices in the first six months following the launch. But don’t count iOS devices among them, as Apple — or at least CEO Steve Jobs — isn’t a Flash fan. For 2011, the company expects Flash Player to be supported on more than 132 million units worldwide, says David Wadhwani, senior vice president, Creative and Interactive Solutions Business Unit, Adobe.

Adobe is also showcasing the latest release of Flash Player — Flash Player 10.2 — along with additional performance advancements at the Mobile World Congress conference. The new release includes support for new features including Stage Video, which purportedly delivers improved video performance through optimizing hardware acceleration on mobile devices, desktops and TVs.

A key element of the Adobe Flash Platform, AIR enables developers to leverage existing code to create and deliver standalone applications across devices and platforms. Adobe AIR supports smartphones and tablets based on iOS, Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS, and desktops including Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems.