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Adobe demos FlashTime video calling

Adobe demos FlashTime video calling

Adobe's FlashTime offers similar functionality to Apple's FaceTime video chat app, but on Android.

Adobe is continuing to get Apple's back up, this time by creating a video chat application 'inspired' by the company's new FaceTime product and powered by Adobe Air.

The app - dubbed FlashTime, although if Adobe doesn't want to start paying its lawyers vast amounts of money that name is likely to change on release - is built around Adobe Air 2.5 for Android, which is described by the company's Mark Doherty on his blog as offering "feature parity with the desktop Flash Platform."

What this means is that the mobile version of Flash - and Air - can now access on-board cameras and microphones, which is where the FlashTime demo comes in. For Android-based devices that have a front-mounted camera, peer-to-peer video chatting is now possible - pretty much what Apple's FaceTime offers iPhone 4 users - over both WiFi and 3G connections.

Doherty does warn that although all the features shown in the demo video are "working," some of them might not be stable enough "to make it into the v1 product."

With Apple continuing to snub Adobe's Air and Flash development platforms and refusing such software to run on its iOS devices - including the iPhone and iPad - it's pretty embarrassing for Adobe to be going from strength to strength on a rival mobile platform, and doubly so when it releases free software which steals the thunder from one of iOS 4's biggest features.

Do you think that Adobe's work on Air and Flash for Android is the way mobile apps should go, or is Apple right to snub Flash and insist on natively-written apps for its mobile platform? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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proxess 20th July 2010, 11:39 Quote
Bundles of fun between these two companies...
fodder 20th July 2010, 11:53 Quote
Why is video calling so hyped? Could do it on my Vario-II years ago on 3G, novelty wore of quick though.

Nice that Android is getting this, not just to annoy apple either. Google video chat here we come....
xAx 20th July 2010, 12:51 Quote
I think Flashtime might not be the best name for a video calling application.
Stotherd-001 20th July 2010, 13:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by fodder
Why is video calling so hyped? Could do it on my Vario-II years ago on 3G, novelty wore of quick though.

Nice that Android is getting this, not just to annoy apple either. Google video chat here we come....

Because the mighty US of A is actually behind in this aspect. This is the first most americans have heard of Video Calling. We grew out of this fad years ago.
mrbens 20th July 2010, 13:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by xAx
I think Flashtime might not be the best name for a video calling application.

sounds perfect to me ;)
TWeaK 20th July 2010, 14:29 Quote
Am I the only one worried that Adobe (a company known for their security expertise) will now have applications that access peoples' phone cameras and microphones?
DarkLord7854 20th July 2010, 15:22 Quote
I'm thoroughly enjoying seeing Adobe and Apple try to sh*t on each other constantly, it's so entertaining.
Lord-Vale3 20th July 2010, 16:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
I'm thoroughly enjoying seeing Adobe and Apple try to sh*t on each other constantly, it's so entertaining.

Same here.
HourBeforeDawn 20th July 2010, 20:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by xAx
I think Flashtime might not be the best name for a video calling application.

no but sounds like more fun ^_^
Bakes 20th July 2010, 20:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by TWeaK
Am I the only one worried that Adobe (a company known for their security expertise) will now have applications that access peoples' phone cameras and microphones?

They already have applications that can access your computer's cameras and microphones (ie normal flash).
longerlife 21st July 2010, 00:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by TWeaK
Am I the only one worried that Adobe (a company known for their security expertise) will now have applications that access peoples' phone cameras and microphones?

You expressly have to provide permission for access, there have NEVER been any security problems in relation to this issue... (that's the advantage of the 'closed' (free) player using an open platform)....

Great news for Adobe, I believe they are releasing a compiler for Android apps too soon, so Apple will soon see what they have missed out on (some more)....

When will people realise that it is not good (i.e. terrible) for technology or consumers to buy Apple products. They completely lock down your device and then proceed to leech money of every piece of software sold for it, most music sales, book purchases, television shows and films. Would you buy a television from Sony if you could only watch what they allowed AND you had to pay them for the privilege? Would you buy a Windows PC if you could only buy through Microsoft?
Jack_Pepsi 21st July 2010, 10:02 Quote
More like CrashTime. HURH HURH!

o.o
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