This summer seems like one for Flash and Mobile, so it’s great to be able to tell you that Sony, one of our long term partners in mobile, are joining the Open Screen Project and will be a platinum sponsor of Adobe MAX in LA.
Today we’re announcing an exciting new Adobe AIR App Challenge for two upcoming Sony Tablet devices. It’s available to those of you in Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, UK and USA.
There are lots of prizes ($200,000 USD) available for various categories of applications, as well as early access to the devices and Adobe AIR 3, and a paid-up trip to Adobe MAX for finalists. All that and more for optimizing your applications for Sony’s new devices.
Let’s take a look at the devices..
Both tablets come with Sony quality design and hardware, most importantly, with incredible quality screens. Each of the devices has a Tegra 2 chipset from NVIDIA and will be “PlayStation Certified”, so expect some of the best quality games seen on the 1st-gen PlayStation and Xperia PLAY smartphone.
The tablets will ship with Flash Player pre-installed, but interestingly the Sony Tablet devices will ship with a new Sony Web browser. With that, we can expect better performance for Flash and browsing the web, compared to the stock browser.
The Sony Tablet S1 (codename) which has a stunning curved body designed to feel lighter in the hand, like when you fold a magazine. It comes with a 9.4 inch display, so will be great for Entertainment and reading. As many of you have heard me say, 10″ screens feel too big for my little Irish hands, so it’ll be interesting to see what it’s like.
Sony Tablet S2 (codename also) is quite different as it comes with two screens. The underlying technical specs are identical between the devices, but this device is going to be great for building applications that long for unique interfaces that make use of the dual-screens. I’ve got my sights set on a mixing deck idea, but it’s also going to be a nice way to play games; Battleship anyone?
Adobe and Sony are challenging developers and content publishers to build breakthrough mobile apps optimized for the Sony Tablet S1 and Sony Tablet S2. We have a panel of some amazing judges, both Sony, Adobe and industry experts picking finalists and winners across four key categories.
Each category has a cash prize of $20,000 USD and promotion on the Sony Tablet devices, with a $100,000 USD Grand Prize awarded for the best overall application.
- Lifestyle and Community
- Business and Productivity
Our team of judges will be reviewing applications throughout the process, and will look favourably at applications that span across different platforms. Maybe your application works on Sony Vaio PCs, or Sony Televisions with GoogleTV?
If you get in early enough, before September 16th, you’ll have the chance to be one of the 10 MAX Award Finalists. So get in early and you can get a free trip to Adobe MAX in LA!
In addition, $10,000 USD will be awarded for the following applications:
- Most Innovative Application
- MAX Public Favorite – awarded by community vote
The top 80 finalists in the contest will get pre-release access to the devices for a 4 week period, the Adobe AIR 3 runtime, and access to the very latest tooling to complete your application. You’ll be on the leading edge of Flash development and innovation.
Adobe AIR 3 Beta
You will use Adobe AIR 3 Desktop Beta, released soon for the desktop to optimize your applications for both devices. So you can start to consider how your existing or new applications would make use of the dual screen, be as novel as you like! (cough, mixing desk, cough)
For the Sony Tablet S2 you will use the upcoming Native Extension feature in AIR 3, one of the most exciting features in the upcoming release of the platform. Native Extensions give us an easy way to optimize applications for dual screens, that’s because we can now access any API on a host Operating System!
All applications should support both the Sony Tablet S1 and S2.
Key Diary Dates
- Sept 16: Deadline for MAX Showcase App prizes
- Oct 1-5: MAX Public Favorite Vote & MAX Showcase App winners attend Adobe MAX
- Oct 10: Deadline for Entries
- Nov 11: Final App Submission for Finalists to the Android Market
- Nov 17: Winners Announced
Submit your app or app project now at airappchallenge.com