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Motorola XOOM won't support Flash at launch

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Motorola XOOM won't support Flash at launch
We have a bad news for all these folks who were planning to visit a Verizon store on February 24, buy the Honeycomb-powered Motorola XOOM, return home and watch Flash content on their newly purchased powerhouse of a tablet.

And if you can't see the bad news, here it comes - Big Red officially announced (kind of, actually) that the Motorola XOOM won't support Flash at launch. Oops.

You can read the "announcement" if you take a closer look at the poster on the Verizon site teasing the Motorola XOOM tablet - at the bottom left corner it says with a small print "Adobe Flash expected Spring 2011".

This seems to be a reference to the upcoming Adobe Flash Player version 10.2, and it's a pity that the soon-to-be Motorola XOOM owners won't be able to taste Flash support in the coming weeks. As of now, we have no info why Adobe Flash Player 10.1 is not present on the Motorola tab.

For a long time, Androiders around the world were quite happy to sneer at their iOS counterparts, saying that the iDevice owners were unable to enjoy the web in the way it should be enjoyed, but it seems this problem is to haunt the upcoming flagship Android tablet - the Motorola XOOM - at least for some weeks.

Are you going to buy the Motorola tablet on February 24?

source: Verizon via Engadget
Motorola XOOM won't support Flash at launch


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posted on 21 Feb 2011, 09:52 2

1. Stang68 (unregistered)


I am sure Flash 10.1 in the Market will work fine on the XOOM. We have seen Flash running in the demos.

Google engineers used the XOOM to create Honeycomb, I am sure they baked Flash into it.

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 10:50 3

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I beg to differ.... the update wont work well on dual cores, last time I checked...
http://www.appbrain.com/app/flash-player-10-1/com.adobe.flashplayer

lucky for me i wont rush and get it when the timing is better, I want to see if tablets will eventually kill my enemy.... notebooks

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 10:55

5. Stang68 (unregistered)


Check out this video from Android Central. The rep clearly states Flash 10.1 runs on the XOOM (2:20):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wKAYXkr0Mg&feature=related

Here's another at 1:40:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYlwo...eature=related

I think it's safe to say Flash 10.1 will work fine. Maybe it's not optimized, but it'll be good enough until 10.2 launches in about a month.

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 11:32

6. Gcombs (unregistered)


Will not kill notebooks yet but netbooks for sure. Just wait til they star putting a dvd slot on tablets and addind the 250GB of storage than Notebooks will be in trouble.

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 11:56 2

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5371; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


sorry I meant netbooks... I would love to see 250BG on a tablet but CD/DVD is not necessary for me anymore... as long as I get an usb port for my memory sticks and alternate faster ways to send files to my friends I'll live happy.... but thats just me

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 16:29 1

14. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


A CD/DVD drive? What would one even use it for?

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 10:00 4

2. ribbonsalmark (Posts: 84; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


Yeah. Why are you making a bigger deal out of this then it needs to be? Anything 2.2 or higher supports flash. Over dramatization from Phone Arena. OH DEAR GOD I WILL HAVE USE FLASH 10.1 INSTEAD OF 10.2 FOR A FEW MONTHS! WHAT WILL I DO? Ipad has no flash period so. There you have it.

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 10:18 1

3. je2345 (Posts: 62; Member since: 05 May 2009)


your INCORRECT when stating that "Anything 2.2 or higher supports flash." The LG Vortex & LG Ally are 2 Verizon Android phones that run 2.2 and do not support Adobe Flash.

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 11:52 1

9. ribbonsalmark (Posts: 84; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


yeah well my X10A isn't suppose to be running 2.1 or Flash. And yet its doing both no thanks to AT&T.

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 11:35 4

7. Gcombs (unregistered)


Why launch if a main feature is not available yet?

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 11:52 1

8. ribbonsalmark (Posts: 84; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


Why launch knowning AT&T wont support the update to 2.3?

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 15:25 3

12. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5593; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Maybe because the window to charge an outrageous price will close once competing products (that are priced lower and have Flash out-of-the box) start to ship.

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 16:26 2

13. BaiGanyo (Posts: 308; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


I agree. I smell another Verizon FAIL.

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 18:07 2

16. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


I highly doubt Verizon crippled the flash. Its a Motorola/Adobe FAIL

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 13:16 2

11. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


This is just unacceptable. How am I supposed to view the ads on websites? Where's the freedom here? This is totally a dealbreaker. The web browsing is not complete without flash. Flash is everything when you browse the web. How am I going to play games without flash? Xoom is not a good products anymore. It will on be good if it will support flash.

posted on 21 Feb 2011, 17:06 1

15. downphoenix (Posts: 2291; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


good FAIL, Verizon and Motorola. good FAIL.

posted on 22 Feb 2011, 01:39 1

17. Owlet (Posts: 446; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


It's bottom right, not left, PA!

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