Well we live in rapidly changing times. Mobile GIS, and geolocation services remain in their infancy. Mobile itself is evolving. New hardware is being released, notably tablets. Software remains confusing with Web and native apps supported differently on the various platforms. Mobile software development has also had its challenges. But the recent release of Flash Builder 4.5.1 is a big step forward for Adobe Flex and AIR mobile developers.
Adobe AIR/Flex and Mobile GIS on the BlackBerry PlayBook
Recently WebMapSolutions launched a new Flex/AIR GIS application into the BlackBerry App World targeted at the PlayBook tablet. Taking Web based Flex code and porting it to this mobile app. The app is called ArcGIS Viewer and can be found here:
Adobe AIR and Mobile GIS on the IPhone
Flash Builder 4.5.1 claims to make building AIR apps for the IPhone and IPad easy. Time to put the claim to the test. Using the ArcGIS and the open source OpenScales Flex sdk’s I built a new mobile application targeted at IOS. To my great pleasure, the process proved to be both simple and pain free. Below is a video of the results:
This is a big deal. It means potentially one can build a single AIR app and install is across all mobile platforms.
Combining geolocation with GIS on mobile devices, has intriguing possibilities. Mobile ArcGIS and open source API’s like OpenScales combined with geolocation api’s such as those offered by SimpleGeo are mobile application development areas of particular interest.