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Xoom To Launch Without Flash Support

David Gilbert


Xoom To Launch Without Flash Support

The Xoom has been touted as the first real iPad killer, with its 10.1in form factor and the tablet-specific Honeycomb version of Android. However with its release merely days away Motorola's flagship device has been dealt a blow.

Some small print at the bottom of Verizon's website points out that the Xoom will not ship with Flash support when it is launched on Thursday. The small print on the website is the first indication of the delay in getting Flash support on the tablet and the “Adobe Flash expected Spring 2011” line is worryingly vague. It is believed that Motorola will wait for Adobe Flash 10.2 that was announced last week before it upgrades the Xoom, shortly after launch. The lack of Flash on the tablet will be a major issue for some and will no doubt take some of the gloss off the Xoom’s launch.

The Xoom is going on sale on Thursday in the States at a cost of $799 for the 3G + Wi-Fi model and $600 for the Wi-Fi only model. Adobe last week announced that it was going to release version 10.2 for smartphones and tablets “in the next few weeks” and the new version will only work with Android Honeycomb, due to it using fewer CPU cycles to play back video to help save battery time. Google had to specifically add new capabilities in Honeycomb to let Flash 10.2 take full advantage of hardware.

By the time the Xoom is released over on this side of the world, we could be seeing the full functionality of Flash at launch but for now, those who purchase the tablet in the States this week can at least enjoy a complete lack of Flash-based ads while surfing the web.

Source: Engadget


February 21, 2011, 6:23 pm

I know a lot of articles on here were originally sourced from Engadget and it's good that you credit them in the link. I always come back to TR because the articles are better written and the comments not so childish. But I'm a little amused to see you repeating their "no flash ads" end joke, come on TR, be more original!

On topic, does that mean if you try to install Flash 10.1 it won't work on Honeycomb? I'll wait for Tablets to come down to more sensible price levels before I'd get on in any case, so Flash will be out by then so this isn't a concern for me.


February 21, 2011, 7:31 pm

I also wonder if that means Samsung's new "Galaxy Tab 10.1" will only run Flash 10.2 and not 10.1 (this smarphone/pad biz just gets more confusing by the day) as both come with Honeycomb.

Samsung said it would run Flash 10.1, but of course things may change until official release... it's a bit weird if Samsung can but not Motorola as both run Nvidia Tegra 2..


February 21, 2011, 10:25 pm

@Gp.pm: Perhaps Samsung missed the memo?

It is perhaps the biggest hurdle for manufacturers. They don't have full control of the underlying OS. And even though they all work together in that Open Handset Alliance, they may not all get equal attention.

I am just guessing. It may be that both tablets work fine with 10.1, but that the experience on 10.2 is better.


February 22, 2011, 1:46 am

This reminds me of Toshiba's site for its tablet using Flash that blocked iPhone or iPad visitors from accessing the page. Those on an iOS device were greeted with the message: "Such a shame. Add this to the list of interesting places on the internet you can't see on your device. Of course, if you had a Toshiba Tablet you would enjoy the entire internet. Yep, Flash sites too."

Oh the irony.. You want hubris, have some of that!


February 22, 2011, 5:23 am

What if you use a browser like skyfire the could you at least get flash video running?


February 22, 2011, 8:53 pm

Does that mean if you just install Flash 10.1 from the market it doesn't work?

My hacked phone came without flash but installed through the market and works fine.

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