Get started with AIR on Android before you get an Android device!
Recently, Adobe announced the public beta of AIR on Android. This excitement combined with all of the energy from the recent Google IO conference has a lot of developers wanting to dig right in! If you don’t have access to an Android device today, don’t let that stop you from having some fun. The Android SDK includes an emulator! Yes, you can install the SDK, run the emulator, install the AIR runtime from the AIR for Android pre-release site and then install your apk files and test your application.
WARNING: The emulator is SLOW. Not just frustratingly slow… it’s painfully slow… so don’t judge the performance of AIR or Android based on the emulator. When you’re ready to see good performance, go get a real Android device. 🙂
- Download and install the Android SDK from http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html
- Sign up for the Adobe AIR for Android prerelease program at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/air2/android
- Learn how to get the emulator running at http://developer.android.com/guide/developing/tools/emulator.html
- Read the docs from the AIR for Android prerelease site (once you are granted access – very fast)
- Go write some Flex or Flash apps and feel the rush of building apps for mobile!
RUN ON MY DEVICE: If you live in the Tampa bay area and you build a cool AIR app for Android and want to see it on a real device, contact me and I’ll meet you and we’ll try it out on my Google Nexus One. If it’s cool, I’ll buy lunch. If not, you buy.
Christophe Coenraets recently blogged Employee Directory app built with Flex on AIR for Android: