Introduction:

Adobe AIR/Flex has always been known for their sleek ‘n sexy UI-interface look for providing amazing UI experiences for both desktop and web applications. However, their presence in the mobile market has not been that profound , except with the BlackBerry PlayBook running AIR/Flex as its UI-framework.

Recognizing, the ever increasing popularity of mobile devices, Adobe has ramped up their effort in gaining a piece of a very lucrative market in making their platform compatible with both Apple iOS (relaxing its restrictions on FLASH app development- good news!) and Google-Android platforms.

In this tutorial, we provide an intro for Developers & Designers alike in getting started with developing AIR/Flex Apps for Android.

Download the necessary SDKs
1. Download the Flex 4.1 SDK
http://opensource.adobe.com/wiki/display/flexsdk/Download+Flex+4

Download Flex 4.1 SDK

2. Download the Adobe AIR 2.5 SDK

Download AIR 2.5 SDK

3. Download the Android SDK
http://dl.google.com/android/android-sdk_r08-windows.zip

Steps involved:
1. Create a directory : C:\Library\AIR4Android
2. First, extract/unzip the Android SDK 2.2 – think of this as the top/base layer
3. Second, extract/unzip the Flex 4.1 SDK
4. Third, copy the the AIR 2.5 sdk ZIP file into the extracted Flex SDK folder
5. Fourth, extract/unzip the AIR2.5 SDK OVER-WRITING the existing FLEX SDK files/folders
Overlay AIR-2.5 SDK over FLEX 4.1 SDK
6. Push the AIR2.5 runtime onto the Android Emulator
adb PUSH of AIR 2.5 Runtime onto Android 2.2 Emulator
7. You’re DONE! – Viola!
AIR-2.5 Android-2.2 Installed