April 21, 2010 | by Chris Smith
Well this isn’t surprising. Andy Rubin, Google’s number one Android fanboy (even more so than Andrew) said on Adobe’s Featured Blog that Google is happy to partner with Adobe to create a strong platform for AIR on Android. Rubin puts it best:
Google believes that developers should have their choice of tools and technologies to create applications. By supporting Adobe AIR on Android we hope that millions of creative designers and developers will be able to express themselves more freely when they create applications for Android devices. More broadly, AIR will foster rapid and continuous innovation across the mobile ecosystem.
Of course, everyone will think that Adobe and Google are taking another stab at Apple when reading this post. But just because a company believes that developers should choose the language and tools they use (you know, the people that write the application) does not necessarily mean that it is an attack on Apple’s closed iPhone ecosystem. It is more of a statement that a platform should support the developers who create applications on it for users to truly have the best experience. The more tools that are fully supported on a single platform, the more developers you will have developing on that single platform.
OK. You got me. It really is an attack on Apple; just another calling-out of their draconian, Disney World type atmosphere that will continue to be closed down with the recent pulling of support for other programming languages. Yet another point that I will be happy to stay with my DROID and the Android platform.