Hey Adobe AIR® developers, now that Adobe® has introduced AIR Native Extensions (ANE) mobile development capabilities, have you been wondering how to optimise your games in AIR® to use the Xperia™ PLAY touchpad and gamepad buttons? Well, look no further. Sony Ericsson has created an ANE for the Xperia™ PLAY, which will allow you to gain access to touchpad and gamepad buttons so they can be used in AIR® games or content on the Xperia™ PLAY. Read on to download the Sony Ericsson Adobe AIR ANE and get more details.
The Xperia™ PLAY is the first and currently only Android™-based smartphone to have a Sony Playstation® Certified Game pad integrated with the phone. The gamepad, with a full set of Playstation® style control buttons, triggers, and dual touchpads (equivalent to analog joysticks) allows mobile games and other content to have game console quality experiences on mobile Android™ devices. Prior to this, the only way game and content developers could connect to Xperia™ PLAY controls was through their own workarounds in Android programming environments. The Sony Ericsson Adobe AIR ANE can be used directly in your programming environments as a shortcut to accessing the gamepad and touchpad.
Adobe AIR® has allowed application developers to extend the features of the runtime with a set of tools known as Native Extensions for Adobe AIR®. Native extensions for Adobe AIR® are a combination of ActionScript classes and native code that provide easy access to device-specific libraries and features that are not available in the built-in ActionScript classes. Native extensions for Adobe AIR® was enabled for AIR for TV starting with version 2.5, but it’s now been expanded to work on mobile and desktop platforms. Because of this, we’ve created our own ANE – Sony Ericsson Adobe AIR ANE – specifically for the Xperia™ PLAY. The Sony Ericsson Adobe AIR ANE gives you access to the game events including dual touchpad events and game control buttons (game keys) events, and allows them to be used for Flash or AIR-based games or content on an Xperia™ PLAY.
We’ve prepared a full set of developer support materials for the Sony Ericsson Adobe AIR ANE , including documentation, extension file, and a demo that you can download and help you get started. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and we’ll get back to you with an answer as soon as possible!