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]