Who Needs FaceTime? Flash Evangelist Builds Video Chat App for Android

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The release of Apple’s iPhone 4 upped the ante for mobile video applications, particularly with the introduction of its new FaceTime app for mobile video chatting. And while Andoid phones don’t have a competing app yet, that could soon change, as Adobe Flash Platform evangelist Mark Doherty showed in a video demo on the Flash mobile blog.

P2P Video Demo – AIR2.5 on Android from Mark Doherty on Vimeo.

The demo demonstrates a video chat application based on Flash’s peer-to-peer technology that Doherty built to show developers the power of the latest build of Adobe Air on Android mobile devices. With new features added to the Air 2.5 beta build, including camera, microphone, StageWebView and NativeExtensions functionality, Doherty was able to put the application together in about three days.

The video chat application — which Doherty cheekily called “FlashTime” in response to Apple’s FaceTime video chat technology — is just a proof-of-concept, so Adobe doesn’t have any plans to productize or release the app itself. However, Doherty has promised to release the source code for the application he built. This will allow any other developers to create apps of their own based on Air 2.5 technology when it becomes available on Android devices.

The release of the video comes as Adobe’s technology makes its way onto more handsets with the recent release of Flash 10.1 on Android 2.2 mobile devices. But Flash isn’t available on Apple iPhone and iPad mobile devices, which have their own app development framework. That has caused some consternation among users and developers, although Apple continues to stand firm in its decision to rely on HTML5 and its own app store.

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