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Motorola Xoom Launches Without Flash

Posted in February 22nd, 2011
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Motorola Xoom Launches Without Flash

Motorola’s Flash-free Xoom tablet at the Mobile World Congress. Photo: Charlie Sorrel

Motorola’s $800 white elephant, a Xoom inscription, will boat but Adobe’s Flash browser plugin. The headlines, gleaned from small imitation upon Verizon’s new Xoom per-order page, has been confirmed by both Motorola as well as Adobe.

If you remember, Motorola has promised us a “full web”, in the form of Flash await. It seems that Adobe still hasn’t accomplished a 10.2 version of its exclusive plugin, though. The Verizon ad says which “Adobe Flash [is] approaching Spring 2011.” Motorola is even less specific in the official statement “Motorola XOOM will embody full support for Adobe® Flash® Player® for accessing the rich video as well as animations of a web, to be available after launch.” [emphasis combined.

And what about Adobe? Here’s the central line:

Adobe will offer Flash Player 10.2 pre-installed upon some tablets as well as as an OTA download upon others within the couple of weeks of Android 3 (Honeycomb) inclination apropos accessible, a initial of that is expected to be the Motorola Xoom.

I had a little hands-on time with a Xoom during a Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week. I (and some accessible German journos I ran into at the Motorola counter wondered about Flash support. I surfed to the restaurant website (these have been clearly a only sites left upon a web which require Flash) as well as got a familiar blue Lego “Flash not installed” pitch. We checked the settings, as well as Flash was indeed absent.

Flash is largely aged headlines. Most of what anybody thinks they need Flash for has already been re-optimized for tablets. But if you have it a title underline for your brand new device, and can’t broach until a deceptive prospect date, then it’s a small annoying. But not, I think, as annoying as the battery life of a inscription with Flash enabled.

Update for Flash Player 10.2 Support upon Tablets [Adobe Flash Blog]

Xoom product page [Verizon around Engadget]


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