updated 06:55 pm EDT, Wed July 13, 2011
Adobe, Sony offer $200K carrot for quality apps
Adobe and Sony have jointly announced an initiative to encourage developers to build apps for Sony's forthcoming S1 and S2 tablets. The Adobe AIR App Challenge is sponsored by Sony and offers $200,000 in total cash prizes. To be eligible to enter an app into the competition, it must combine Adobe Flash technology and HTML 5 using Adobe Creative Suite and the open source Flex framework.
The first prize for the best application will receive $100,000. The remainder will be split over several categories including Best Business & Productivity App ($20,000), Best Game ($20,000), Best Entertainment App ($20,000), Best Lifestyle & Community App ($20,000), Most Innovative App ($10,000), MAX Public Favorite ($10,000) and MAX Showcase Apps ($10,000).
Apps will need to be compatible with Android 3.1 or later, optimized for the Sony Tablet S2 using Adobe AIR extension and Sony Tablet S1 compatible. The final app must be uploaded to the AIR App Challenge and deplored on the Android Market before November 11 at 11.59pm.
The Android tablet platform currently has very few high quality tablet optimized applications with estimates putting the total number of Honeycomb optimized apps at fewer than 1000. By contrast, there are over 100,000 iPad-optimized apps on the Apple App Store.