June 19th, 2011

Adobe AIR 2.7 for Mobile

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Written by: Nouman Naveed
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Adobe has released the latest update to their AIR runtime and SDK. The latest version 2.7, comes with many improvements for mobile and desktops, of course the major feature of them being an improvement in the performance of iOS application developed in Flash by a factor of as much as 4 times.

Adobe AIR 2.7 brings the runtime up to date with Flash Player 10.3, by adding the features it added in this last cycle:

  • Acoustic echo cancellation: echo cancellation is supported by the runtime itself now. This stands to improve VoIP features included in AIR applications, without needing noise-cancelling headphones.
  • Media Measurement: This new feature allows developers to easily add support for collecting and reporting data about content distribution and viewing. It integrates with Adobe’s SiteCatalyst service.

Another great new feature for desktops is:

  • Enhancements to navigation with HTMLLoader: This new ability allows application developers to respond to attempts to change the location of a page loaded in an HTMLLoader. HTMLLoader is used by AIR applications to show web content in AIR applications in an embedded browser. With this change, AIR application can change their state or respond otherwise to clicks within the embedded browser.

Adobe AIR 2.7 has released for mobile devices as well, It has been released for Android 2.2 and above, iOS 4 and above, and a update later this month with bring the version of Adobe AIR on the Blackberry Playbook up to date as well. The mobile release includes the following new features and enhancements:

  • iOS rendering improvements: This is the previously-mentioned 4x improvement in rendering performance for AIR apps on iOS using the CPU mode.
  • iOS application debugging improvements: A new interpreter mode is now available to developers for debugging applications for the iOS platform.
  • AIR for Android on SD cards: Recent version of Android have supported installing applications on the SD card instead of the phone memory. Now AIR supports being installed to the SD card as well.

About the Author

Nouman Naveed
My name is Mohammed Nouman Naveed. I work and play with Flash Platform technologies and has experience of 11 years. Consulting and Training is part of my job. I am Adobe Certified Instructor, Adobe User Group Manager, Adobe Certified Expert and Adobe Community Champion.


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