Motorola Xoom won't ship with Adobe Flash support immediately

Motorola Xoom won't ship with Adobe Flash support immediately

Summary: The Motorola Xoom is confirmed for a February 24 launch date, but don't expect Adobe Flash to be ready just yet.

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The Motorola Xoom is confirmed for a February 24 launch date, but don't expect Adobe Flash to be ready just yet.

The official release timeline for the Xoom has been a big topic at the rumor mill since the Android 3.0-based tablet was unveiled at CES 2011 in January. Pricing was announced last week, and most signs still pointed towards a February 24 ship date.

That turned out to be very true given Verizon's new landing page for the Xoom and the availability date posted in bold at the top.

However, there's one little asterisk that has people buzzing already. The page cites that the Xoom will be "fully Flash-enabled," but then the caveat at the bottom of the page reads "Adobe Flash expected Spring 2011."

Flash will likely become available with a software update within in the next few months, but there doesn't seem to be a reason for the hold up with this spec. Either way, Motorola doesn't seem to want to delay the Xoom, which is probably a smart move as consumers tend to lose interest when new products suffer from many setbacks.

Topics: Tablets, Enterprise Software, Mobility

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  • I can see some initial disappointments...

    And reviewers not being able to show side by side the iPad not loading some weird mostly unknown website where the Zoom would.
    Bruizer
    • It is obviously because Flash eats **battery** and slowdowns **speed**

      @Bruizer: after "positive" initial review, Motorola will allow Flash so users would know <b>how much slower their user experience will become</b> and how <b>shorter battery life</b> will be.

      And this all, by the way, besides the fact that whole Andoid 3.* tablets idea will stay quire useless for couple of quarters sincere there will be from no to very little tablet applications, while iPad has over sixty thousand by now already.
      DDERSSS
  • RE: Motorola Xoom won't ship with Adobe Flash support immediately

    I realize that Adobe is working on Flash Player 10.2 for Android tablets, but they really should have just shipped with 10.1 and updated with 10.2 when it was ready.
    Matt_Fabb@...
    • RE: Motorola Xoom won't ship with Adobe Flash support immediately

      @Matt_Fabb@...
      I wonder what the difference is as I have 10.1 on my Nexus One on Froyo and it is running great.
      rhonin
      • RE: Motorola Xoom won't ship with Adobe Flash support immediately

        @zenwalker : Unsure on your Nexus, but on Windows 10.2 improves on hardware acceleration in Windows 7.
        Gis Bun
  • RE: Motorola Xoom won't ship with Adobe Flash support immediately

    I have all Apple products and the only reason I was going to step outside of my little iPhone, iPad, iMac...ext life was to get flash on a tablet computer. Why it will not be available on the Motorola Xoom and is available on much cheeper Android devices, ie Samsung Galaxy Tab, is confusing. I did own the TAB buy returned it to Verizon after hearing about the Xoom.<br><br>Knowing this, will greatly affect my decision as to whether to buy the Xoom or just wait for the iPad 2.
    SRDUFF
  • of flash

    love the mdn take:
    "Adobe Flash is a joke in more ways than one. Soon, over 200+ million iOS devices will have been sold. iOS device owners are proven to have disposable income and, unlike users of pretend iOS devices, the will to spend it. None of the 200+ million iOS devices supports Adobe?s problematic, crash-prone, battery-sapping, archaic Flash. Therefore, no web developer worth anything will be offering Flash-only websites. Selling Flash support as a feature is like touting replaceable typewriter ribbons in 1990 or langer-lasting buggy whips in 1920. Dead technology is not a selling point except to those who do not see where the world is clearly going. The Adobe Flash-support ?selling point? only works on fools who can?t see an inch beyond the ends of their noses.
    We?re sure the Dell DJ owners will be lining up for Motorola Xooms on February 24 ? all three of them."
    banned from zdnet
  • RE: Motorola Xoom won't ship with Adobe Flash support immediately

    They probably want to wait till most reviews are in before they enable Flash.

    I'm just still amazing the OEMs put up with this kind of nonsense from Adobe. After four years, and all the trash-talkin' from Adobe, you'd think they have cool Flash demos--or at least Farmville-- all over the upcoming Android tablets.
    Synthmeister
    • That is why Apple finally said no.

      @Synthmeister

      They gave Adobe years to get Flash working on iPhone OS. It was "just a few months away" for 2 years.

      Finally, Apple said enough is enough and said, no.
      Bruizer
  • Quickly becoming a moot point

    When I first got my ipod I was occasionally annoyed when that rare, certain page would not load correctly because of the lack of Flash, however 2 years later, most of those pages have either switched from using flash or have built-in an auto detect feature which loads an iphone friendly version of the page which in several cases is better than the original. One good side effect of this is when forced to make pages viewable without flash support, they often optimize them for touch devices in the process.
    Tigertank
    • RE: Motorola Xoom won't ship with Adobe Flash support immediately

      @Tigertank
      Same for me. I visit very few pages where Flash would be required. I'm not bothered about not having it.
      Wakemewhentrollsgone
      • No No No

        @ptorning
        You're not allowed to feel that way! You're supposed to love Flash because all the windoze fanbuis do, if for no other reason than to complain about the failure of the iPad. You have to miss it! You have to!
        search &amp; destroy
  • Typical Motorola

    Shipping out something - only partially working. [I don't care what Applke says.] Shipping a device that will access the web without Flash is like shipping a device without a CPU.
    Gis Bun