Adobe has updated its Flash Builder developer tool, giving the app-builder compatibility with several additional major mobile platforms. Developers will now be able to use Flash Builder 4.5 to create software for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry Tablet OS.
Prior to this release, Flash Builder was a tool for web and desktop-based applications. It began going mobile with support for the Android OS in April, and hit full throttle with its most recent update, which adds iOS and BlackBerry Tablet OS to its list of mobile platforms.
Adobe contends the added support will be a boon to weary developers, who can now “use one tool, one framework and one codebase to create high performance applications that run on desktops as well as on smartphones and tablets.”
Jonathan Campos, a developer who used Flash Builder 4.5 to create the Netflix Queue Manager app, says that the latest update and new mobile support lets him and other developers bring “apps to market faster on multiple devices.”
A collection of games and entertainment and productivity apps have already been built for various mobile devices by developers using this tool, and the number of apps it is used to build will likely increase with the functionality provided by this latest update.
Despite having “Flash” in its name, this development tool builds stand-alone mobile apps that do not require the devices running them to support Adobe Flash Player. That’s why it can create software for the iPhone and iPad.