I know that the update framework is not supposed to work with native applications, but is it possible to update a native Adobe AIR application using a .air file?
This is based on the assumption that .air files are basically archive files and that the update framework just updates the application files with those in the .air file. If this is true then it seems that it would be possible to update an AIR application that was installed as a native application with a .air file.
The alternative I can see is rolling my own framework, which is actually not too complicated except security restrictions prevent me from overwriting files in air.File.applicationDirectory.
The Updater API does not function in the extended desktop profile (i.e. native installers), nor does it accept native installer packages as arguments.