Many Adobe AIR developers with apps on BlackBerry 10 got a rude awakening when BlackBerry announced that they were dropping the Adobe AIR runtime in BlackBerry 10.3.1. There is no word on when that release is coming but we are hearing that it is scheduled for the end of the year. BlackBerry has been getting quite a bit of flack about the decision even though it seems to be the right one. Even BlackBerry has made the big investment of converting all of the native OS apps to Cascades. My guess is that there is also some price BlackBerry has to pay for licensing Adobe AIR.
BlackBerry is holding a webinar on Wednesday May 7th to address the issue at 10AM EST for 2 hours. The webinar is titled “Converting AIR Apps: Online Office Hours” and should most likely be Q&A with experts answering questions from the crowd.
BlackBerry has been discussing this change openly with developers on their forums and recommendations are mostly around either converting to a native app or moving your AIR app to the Android runtime.
Register here for the webinar!