Adobe (http://www.adobe.com) has announced Flash Player 11 and Adobe AIR 3 software “to enable the next generation of immersive application experiences across devices and platforms” including Mac OS X, iOS (via AIR), Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS, Windows, connected TVs and other platforms.
Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 allow game publishers to instantly deliver console-quality 2D and 3D games over the Internet to nearly all computers and many other devices, according to Danny Winokur, vice president and general manager of Platform, Adobe. Media companies can take advantage of new features to seamlessly deliver protected feature-length, cinema-quality HD video through the Web, in mobile apps, and even with surround sound for connected TVs, he adds.
AIR native extensions add support for device features and native code libraries, empowering developers to freely choose the right mix of Flash, HTML5 and native code to provide user experiences across computers and mobile devices. Flash Player 11 and AIR 3 will be publicly available in early October. Flash Builder and Flex, Adobe’s open source framework for building mobile, Web and desktop apps, will offer support for the new features in an upcoming release before the end of the year.
According to Adobe, Flash Player is supported on more than 98% of Internet connected computers today and by the end of 2011, Adobe expects more than 200 million smartphones and tablets including iOS devices to support Flash based applications via Adobe AIR. Adobe AIR, a superset of Flash Player, enables developers to leverage existing code to create and deliver standalone applications across devices and platforms.