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Adobe shuts stores for Flash-based apps in favor of native

updated 02:00 pm EDT, Mon July 25, 2011

Adobe closes AIR Marketplace, InMarket stores

Adobe is in the process of shutting down its AIR Marketplace and InMarket app stores that are meant for consumers and developers, respectively. The decision came as a result of developer feedback and Adobe will now help programmers publish apps on multiple native platforms such as iTunes, Android Market, Intel's AppUp, Samsung Apps, Toshiba App Place and BlackBerry App World. Adobe is giving developers until August 31 to download app analytics, revenue reports and other data.

Those who published using AppUp will get an e-mail from Intel over the next few days with more details about direct publishing. New login credentials for the AppUp developer program will be sent to developers by Intel before August 31, Adobe said.

Due to the upcoming change, no new apps are being accepted into the InMarket store. Adobe argues it's enough to be publishing Flash and AIR apps to multiple platforms without its services.

For Adobe, the closures are a hit to its arguments for Flash as an app platform, not just a plugin for video and web interfaces. Flash code has een touted for running in most places but, particularly on mobile, has been criticized for its lack of touch optimizations, native-level performance, and its heavy battery consumption on mobile hardware. [via ReadWriteWeb]

By Electronista Staff


  1. rvhernandez

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    Dear Adobe,
    I cannot stand AIR based apps, applets or dialogs within apps. Glad to see this going away, and I wish the rest of the AIR based c*** would also go away.

    It is always a subpar experience using "cross platform", publish once apps.

    Regardless if you like Windows or Mac, native apps and UI's are always better.

  1. stainless

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    Long live HTML5!!!

    This goes to PROVE that HTML5 and Native cross platform support IS the future!

  1. rhall

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    Disagree with assessment

    I disagree with the authors opinion that, "the closures are a hit to its arguments for Flash as an app platform, not just a plugin for video and web interfaces." If anything, it shows that the experimental app stores that Adobe put together originally to help foster and encourage the use of their tools, simply weren't used to the extent they had hoped for, and that they have deemed putting resources into helping developers get their apps into the other more directly accessible/popular app stores officially associated with the various devices as a much more important priority and need. Adobe gathered feedback from its users and developers, and the feedback was, they wanted more help going in that direction, getting their content into the top app stores: Apple App store, Googles Android Market, Amazons App store, Blackberry, etc. and not other standalone markets, or attempts to aggregate appstore content. This doesn't indicate or imply anything bad about Flash as an application development platform but does say a lot about Adobe listening to what developers want, where they want Adobe to focus their efforts and reacting to that in a smart and sensible fashion.

    It's also worth pointing out, that yes, at a certain point in time, Flash had, "been criticized for its lack of touch optimizations, native-level performance, and its heavy battery consumption on mobile hardware" - but each of these has been addressed. The more recent versions of Flash and AIR for both desktop and mobile devices have full support for multitouch input, greatly improved performance (orders of magnitude in many cases), and battery life is impacted no more than it would be with apps handling similar functionality. This includes video playback performance, and features typical of other similar HTML5 or native apps.

    Uninformed and badly researched articles like this one, that simply regurgitate paraphrased elements of others while mixing subjective opinion (poorly informed at that), instead of stating facts, do Electronista's readers a disservice. Wether this is just the result of ignorance on subject matter, or some other reason, it really brings the credibility of the author, the entire site, sister sites, and all their articles into question. Your readers deserve better.

  1. gildastalmadge

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    Spot on

    ""been criticized for its lack of touch optimizations, native-level performance, and its heavy battery consumption on mobile hardware"; you forgot lack of accessibility - a key human factors issue critical to supporting federal government work. Supporting these features at a "it is possible" level, instead of designing it into the tools, has hindered acceptance and the usefulness of Flash and AIR over web-centric technologies of JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and a wealth of tools that can produce user interfaces that work cross platform and cross browser.

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