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Adobe AIR 2.5 embraces Android for mobile push

by Kristen Nicole

Flash love on Android phones

Adobe (ADBE) dropped a major update today, announcing AIR 2.5 at its MAX 2010 conference in L.A. The new service will enable Flash-based apps and services for a number of mobile devices, including Android, Windows Phone 7, and RIM (RIMM) BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. Samsung ‘smart’ TVs will also be equipped with AIR 2.5, which will be a basis for running apps and Flash content from the web.

This makes for a relatively good range of devices, mobile and otherwise, that will support the new AIR feature. It exemplifies the developer shift to the mobile realm, as well as bourgeoning methods of content distribution. What’s missing from AIR 2.5’s repertoire, however, is compatibility with Apple (AAPL) devices. Adobe has had several issues with Apple, with the iPhone and iPad maker remaining stringent on device support for Flash.

Legal trouble for Android

Not everyone is in favor of Android’s mobile takeover, however. Gemalto, a digital security company, has alleged that Google (GOOG), HTC (2498.TW), Motorola (MOT) and Samsung (005930.KS) have infringed its patents in the Dalvik machine. Dalvik is utilized to virtualize Java, which is the very platform Oracle (ORCL) is suing Google over as well. This is the latest in patent suites taking aim to slow Android’s progression.

Wine and Android: a perfect pairing

Hello Vino is banking on Android’s upward mobility for its app distribution nevertheless, noting its growth as a reason for an app release on Google’s mobile platform. The new app helps you select and pair wines, with ratings, details and pricing aiding in the recommendation process. Pooling data from popular services like Snooth and Wine.com, Hello Vino’s app is a searchable database for on-the-go shoppers.