Adobe unveils AIR 2.6 for Android smartphones and tablets

25 Feb 2011

Adobe has announced the immediate availability of AIR 2.6 for FroYo, Gingerbread and Honeycomb smartphone and tablet devices.

AIR 2.6 for Android adds support for Android 3.0 and the latest Android tablet devices – including the Motorola Xoom – as well as improvements to performance and GPU-based rendering, updated Android gesture support, and improved handling of HTML content within AIR apps.

The company says AIR 2.6 for Android provides the foundation for the new Content Viewer for Android, part of Digital Publishing Suite.

Content Viewer for Android uses AIR 2.6 to enable publishers to author immersive, engaging publications and deploy content across platforms and different devices.

Major publishers preparing Android apps

Major publishers using Digital Publishing Suite are on board to create and distribute content using Content Viewer for Android.

Condé Nast, National Geographic and Dennis Publishing are among the first publishers to indicate they will use this new viewer to amplify the reach of their iconic titles.

AIR 2.6 for Android can be downloaded from the Android Marketplace and is available on devices running Android 2.2 (FroYo); Android 2.3 (Gingerbread); and Android 3.0 (Honeycomb).

AIR 2.6 for Android performance improvements include up to 20pc faster scrolling performance, H.264 video decoding at 30 frames per second, and GPU-based animation and games at up to 50FPS.

AIR 2.6 for Android functional improvements include support for the latest Android system gestures, Bitmap Capture for StageWebView, which provides tighter visual integration between Flash and HTML content. and asynchronous Bitmap Decoding, which improves the performance of transitions in image-intensive applications.

Adobe says it is on target to deliver the AIR 2.6 SDK and desktop runtime before the second half of 2011.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years