Adobe AIR Coming to Mobile Devices

Adobe announced on Monday that it is bringing its Adobe AIR platform to mobile devices including the Google Android platform. Don't expect to see Adobe AIR on the iPhone any time soon, however, because the application runtime environment relies on Flash technologies.

Adobe AIR has been available for Mac OS X and Windows for some time, and lets developers create small cross-platform Web-like applications that run without requiring a Web browser. The new mobile version of Adobe AIR will support gestures, multi-touch interfaces, geolocation, accelerometers, and screen orientation.

Mobile device support good be big news for Google's Android smart phone platform since there's a long list of developers already writing Adobe AIR apps. iPhone users, however, aren't completely left out of the game since Adobe already offers the ability to compile Flash-based applications as native iPhone apps, too.