Motorola Xoom Shock: No Flash Support on Release?

One of the most talked-about devices in a long time, the Motorola Xoom tablet running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, is due for release in the next few days. We’ve been bringing you lots of news, along with speculation, about this new tablet and among our recent articles were release news for the U.K. in the summer, the official specs and also the leak of a user’s guide. We also included the Xoom in our pick of the best upcoming Android tablet devices.

However today we’ve heard of some rather alarming news and that is the possibility that when the Motorola Xoom finally arrives this Thursday it may not have Flash support. This comes to us from Vlad Savov over on Engadget who tells us about a Verizon Wireless webpage that can now be seen. An observant Engadget reader noticed that some small print reads, “Adobe Flash expected Spring 2011.”

Of course the assumption is that if the Xoom was being shipped with Flash support there would be no need for this piece of information on the website. Another assumption would be that Motorola is awaiting the next version of Flash, 10.2 for mobiles, which should arrive in the next few weeks. Even so, there will be some concerned consumers who won’t be impressed that it looks as though the Xoom won’t be Flash-ready when released even though a current promotional video on the Verizon site clearly shows the Motorola should have Adobe Flash 10.1 as in our first picture.

Chris Davies over on Slash Gear also reports on this news and notes that the Xoom will now be at a disadvantage against other tablets until it gets Flash support, but that Flash 10.2 for Honeycomb will add high-frame rates, less CPU usage during video playback and also dual-core support. What are your thoughts on the Motorola Xoom lacking Flash support on release? Are you one of the many people waiting for it and do you feel disappointment at this news? Let us know with your comments.

  • http://getyourgadgetsgoing.com tristan

    I never liked it much when a device gets released ahead of it's time because it causes some features to be missing. Many of us can go without flash the same way Apple mobile users have, but it sends a growing negative message.

    Anyways, there is always someone to blame and reasonings behind everything with these companies. You can find some opinion based ideas on who is wrong and why there will be no flash at launch at: http://goo.gl/kcCxP