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The Adobe AIR runtime enables developers to package the same code into native apps for iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, and other Android™ devices, reaching the mobile app stores for over 500 million devices.

 

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This in turn enables businesses to efficiently deliver rich customer experiences across multiple digital touchpoints. Content can easily and consistently move between native operating systems to reach users on the devices of their choice. Developers can use the same code to deploy content on iOS, Android and the desktop, cutting the costs of multi-platform development.

 

Since the introduction of hardware-accelerated graphics in AIR 3.0 in October 2011 (called Stage3D), the performance of applications built in AIR is indistinguishable from apps coded in Objective C (for iOS) or Java (for Android).

 

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So what if you, as a client considering using AIR for your project, or as an AIR developer, wanted to find out what apps in the stores are made with AIR?

 

Luckily, many developers include a reference to AIR in their app package name for the Google Play Store, which is declared in the app’s manifest file. For example, the SongPop Free app has this package name:

 

air.com.freshplanet.games.WaM

 

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That reference in the app package name makes it possible for Google to search for apps in the Play Store made with AIR. If you search Google with this line:

 

site:market.android.com “air.com”

 

you’ll find all apps in the Store that use this type of package name. I just did this, and filtered the results to display only new entries from last week. It turned out that about 140 new AIR apps had been released in the Google Play store in a week. But: also note that not all developers releasing AIR apps are likely to use this type of package name, so the actual number is probably significantly higher.

 

 

UPDATE: this search, as suggested by @Stortof, is even better, and includes a boatload of non-.com results:

site:play.google.com “id=air.”