Motorola Xoom tablet to ship without Flash support

By on February 21, 2011, 12:00 PM
It seems that one of Android's key advantages over iOS -- or at least the one that manufacturers are always so happy to point out -- will be missing from Motorola's upcoming Xoom tablet at launch. According to a product page posted by Verizon on its website, the Xoom's Flash support is "expected Spring 2011", and not when the tablet goes on sale on this coming February 24.

Adobe had already confirmed that it is working on Flash Player 10.2 for Honeycomb, complete with dual-core support and a reduction in CPU usage during video, game and animation playback. But it seems that Android 3.0 won't launch with Flash Player 10.1 as is available for current Android 2.2 devices.

The delay could come back to haunt Google and OEMs, especially considering most Android tablets announced so far can't match the iPad's Wi-Fi-only price point. It also highlights a big problem with Flash, as every hardware and software combo needs to be certified by Adobe and they are missing such a high profile launch.




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arod916 said:

Epic fail! Not only is it overpriced. But now it cant even out do the ipad which its priced higher than? Isnt the point of a tablet mainly to make mobile web browsing convenient, but it cant even do that better than the lower priced ipad. By the time it can, the new ipad will be out which will either be equally priced or lower, and grab all the attention away.

windmill007 said:

HAHA I knew it was to good to be true. Why even release it then....or drop the price by 50% and it might have a chance.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Companies putting market share and deadlines ahead of a finished product? No way!

DokkRokken said:

Well that just about ruins whatever out of the box competitive advantage it had in the 'mass-appeal' department.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Wow. What the hell are these companies thinking?

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

Heh. I saw its commercial during the superbowl and thought "thats the iPad2" then I saw it wasn't and was like "wow!". Then a couple weeks ago I saw the high price point and was less impressed, now I see it won't even do Flash?

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