Maybe some of you have heard about “Slider”, a spin-off of the Flex framework which should be optimised to be used on mobile devices. It was announced for the first time at the end of last year. However, yesterday Adobe announced that Slider will be dropped, because of the rapidly growing capabilities of smartphones and other devices, together with the highly optimised performance of the Flash Player on such devices. I’ve seen some pretty impressive stuff on the Nexus One, but I’m still waiting on my Froyo update for the HTC Desire so I can benefit from that performance as well.
Instead, they are now going for Hero, which is the next version of the Flex framework. That version should become a unified version, which will be cross-device. I can only hope that AIR 2.5 (which is the version for Android devices) is going to be included into the same framework, so there’s no more installing SDKs separately.
As you can see in this blogpost I wrote earlier, the applications I’m demonstrating are created with Flex (standard Flex 4/AIR2.5 that is) and they are running smoothly on Android. They have even been created via Flash Catalyst, which is definitely not optimised for mobile devices. But still they run smoothly, although I must admit that loading times could be faster. Can you imagine what performance you are going to get once this framework has been optimised? I can’t wait to get my hands on that SDK But it seems we’ll have to wait until later this year to be able to get a beta version of the SDK.
You can read the entire article on Adobe Labs.