Adobe InMarket out of market

AirMarketplace also suffocates


If anybody had the reach and brand needed to carve out a place in apps markets in competition with Apple and Google, Adobe would have looked like a good candidate. Instead, it’s abandoning the field of battle, announcing that it will close down both the Air Marketplace and InMarket. Instead, the company says it will help developers publish to multiple platforms and application markets.

While Adobe Air has become something of a must-have at least among Twitterers using TweetDeck, the platform’s has struggled to attract developers – at the time of writing, only around 1,500 apps are listed on the Air Marketplace.

The close-down also affects InMarket developers who had also published to the Intel AppUp centre, with Intel to take over those relationships.

While it hasn’t explained the decision in any detail, it says “developer feedback” drove the decision – presumably, this means “why should we work with a small app store when we can work with a big one?”

Adobe hints at as much, saying that “there are now several app stores on desktops, mobile devices and tablets that service AIR developers including Apple App Store, Android Market, BlackBerry AppWorld, Intel AppUp centre, Samsung Apps and Toshiba App Place”.

Developers who have their apps hosted at InMarket have until August 31 to find a new host for their apps, and to update their pointers. ®

Similar topics


Other stories you might like

  • ESA's 2030+ roadmap envisions Europeans on the Moon and Mars
    But the agency is distinctly aware that it needs more autonomy

    The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a strategy roadmap to take it into the 2030s and beyond.

    The publication comes on the eve of much-anticipated images from the James Webb Space Telescope, on which ESA partnered with NASA and others, but that makes one of the themes of the roadmap all the more stark – ESA needs more autonomy.

    "As recent events have shown," the document begins, "the geopolitical context can unexpectedly become unstable."

    Continue reading
  • Biden considers removal of Trump-era China tariffs to ease inflation
    But US administration split on loss of leverage, according to reports

    US president Joe Biden is debating whether to end or cut Trump-era tariffs imposed on Chinese imports into the United States, according to reports.

    Introduced in 2018 during the Trump administration, tariffs on more than $300 billion in imports from China — including products and components vital in consumer and business technologies — were inherited by the Biden administration.

    According to Bloomberg, president Biden and his cabinet have discussed the inflationary impact of these levies with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. The cabinet was looking at all of the possible ways to curb inflation and to provide some relief on cost of living for Americans, the report said.

    Continue reading
  • Semiconductor market to be hit by fresh wave of rising component costs
    Chemicals supplier warns it expects to raise prices, may cut some product lines

    More red flags about the semiconductor market are being raised with the news that a key supplier to chipmakers such as TSMC is planning to hike prices, which will likely have a knock-on effect on chip prices.

    Japan-based chemicals company Showa Denko has warned it expects to raise prices and may have to cut back some of its unprofitable product lines. The company is a major supplier of chemicals and gases that are used in the semiconductor manufacturing industry for the creation of silicon wafers and in the etching process to create chips.

    In an interview with Bloomberg, Showa Denko chief financial officer Hideki Somemiya said the company had already raised prices at least a dozen times this year, citing issues such as COVID-19 lockdowns, increasing energy costs and other factors. However, he confirmed "the current market moves require us to ask twice the amount we had previously calculated."

    Continue reading
  • Germany unveils plan to tackle cyberattacks on satellites
    Vendors get checklist on what to do when crooks inevitably turn up in space

    The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has put out an IT baseline protection profile for space infrastructure amid concerns that attackers could turn their gaze skywards.

    The document, published last week, is the result of a year of work by Airbus Defence and Space, the German Space Agency at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and BSI, among others. It is focused on defining minimum requirements for cyber security for satellites and, a cynic might say, is a little late to the party considering how rapidly companies such as SpaceX are slinging spacecraft into orbit.

    The guide categorizes the protection requirements of various satellite missions from "Normal" to "Very High" with the goal of covering as many missions as possible. It is also intended to cover information security from manufacture through to operation of satellites.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022