Motorola’s first foray into the tablet market the Motorola Xoom is to launch in the US this Thursday, February 24th but will lack Adobe’s Flash compatibility until later in the year.
Having repeatedly mocked Apple’s lack of Flash compatibility in its iPhone and iPad devices the first tablet to launch running Google’s tablet-centric Android 3.0, Honeycomb, OS, the Motorola Xoom will touch down in the states later this week with early adopters having to wait until “Spring 2011” for full Flash credentials to arrive.
Although Adobe has confirmed that it is already working on Flash Player 10.2 for Honeycomb, complete with high frame-rates, dual-core support and reduced CPU usage during video perusal, gameplay and animation playback, its omission from the Xoom’s launch could prove costly for Motorola. The Xoom's stateside launch prices were officially unveiled last week with devices to hits stores priced between $600 and $799 depending on 4G credentials.
Stressing the importance of Flash to consumers, UK retailer the Dixons Group recently pulled sales of the Toshiba’s Folio 100 tablet despite holding UK exclusivity on the device because it did not support Adobe’e video player software. The Xoom, which is expected to hit the UK during Q2 should have been given its Flash upgrade in time for its European arrival.
With a fleet of Honeycomb powered tablets announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week ahead of their respective global rollouts, Adobe will need to hurry its Flash 10.2 Honeycomb compatibility if the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and LG Optimus Pad are to launch unaffected.