Motorola Xoom

While we certainly agree that the Motorola Xoom launching without Adobe Flash is a bit of a gaffe (especially on top the Honeycomb tablet not launching with 4G capability or a working microSD card), kudos to Adobe for clearing things up a tad. The Xoom will get an over-the-air (OTA) update that will bring Flash 10.2 to the 10.1-inch tablet. From Matt Rozen on the Adobe Flash blog:

Adobe will offer Flash Player 10.2 preinstalled on some tablets and as an OTA download on others within a few weeks of Android 3 (Honeycomb) devices becoming available, the first of which is expected to be the Motorola Xoom.

Good to see that it should be updated in short order. But let's hope this isn't the first in a trend of what otherwise should be an exciting time for Android tablet fans. [Adobe]

 

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Adobe: Motorola Xoom will get Flash 10.2 over the air 'within a few weeks'

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I also am waiting for the wifi only version.

I really would like a slightly smaller tablet, though.

i read Dilbert comic strips everyday.. and what's sad is that the company is practically no better than the ones we shell out money for in real life. and people who accept this is just SAD! This statement is still unacceptable. All for the sake of being 1st, but to me Motorola has already Lost and any other company who handles their products & releases this way. The Galaxy & Adam tablets is on that list also. Let's see how HTC, HP, BLACKBERRY & LG handle themselves.

Sooo, Motorola should hold their product back for an Adobe product??? That's ridiculous! I look forward to Flash 10.2 being available, but I'm not buying the Xoom for the sole purpose of having Flash. Up until last year, I didn't have Flash on my phone either... I'd rather have the device and just update it when Adobe is ready. You're making a lot of fuss over nothing.

Wait for it...

Ok ya I have to bring it up...

THE IPHAD still does not have flash of any kind.... and it has sold how many devices... It is sad and pathetic that people still ran out to get it. But I am sure there are people out there that will say the same thing about us here that we are putting our hard (may I add in this economy VERY hard) earned money down on this device but at least there are bells and whistles that I get that make it a lot better than a 10" version of an Iphone.

the thing with that is, one of the biggest selling points for these things, against the iPad, is the fact you'll get the "full" web experience with flash while the iPad wouldn't. it's a pretty huge misstep...I doubt it stop any sales though.

NO, But That's what Android is known for THEY SUPPORT FLASH. everyone knows Flash isn't supported by Apple. just like "ill" FULL BROWSER EXPERIENCE!
YES THEY SHOULD HOLD IT BACK!!! SELLING A HALF-ASS PRODUCT FOR SALES & THE CONSUMER HAVING TO RECEIVE THE SHORT END OF THE STICK..
THIS IS NOT OKAY & FOR ANYONE TO ACCEPT THIS THEN DO NOT COMPLAIN.
WE THE PEOPLE ARE VERY POWERFUL, WE HAVE THE POWER IN OUR WALLETS. USE IT. I KNOW I AM & WHO EVER I KNOW THAT WANTS TO BUY THIS TABLET I WILL TELL THEM TO WAIT FOR SOMETHING BETTER from Motorola or anyone other manufacturer.
Yes we might be losing out on using this tablet but companies need to learn to keep their word. we want a fully functioning tablet that was promised out the gate.
MAN I WISH GOOGLE WOULD SOME HOW REGULATE THIS.

Do you think typing in all caps makes your point more valid or somethng?

Stop acting like you are some crusader fighting for the rights of the people, you are just another consumer, nothing more. By telling your friends not to buy it, all you are doing is preventing them from buying a great product.

They should not withhold a perfectly good tablet just because Adobe is dragging their feet and can't keep up. The Xoom has a lot more worthwhile features than simply Flash. Does it suck that it's going to be a few weeks before the optimized version of Flash comes out? Yeah, a little. In the mean time you can still install the beta versions of Flash that they have been running on these tablets in the demos and testers for months.

Keep their word? Remind me of when they said that they were going to launch with flash, sd card, and lte support. Please, tell me. You sound so dam convincing in cap letters. get out of here

On principle, I can't buy a Moto Xoom. I'm not a fan of the Evil Empire's (Verizon) policies and Moto's bootloader locking. So I guess Sammy's Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the one for me.

I agree however I will never, ever buy a Samsung product. I do have a Samsung dlp that I'm happy with at the moment but when I go for my next web enabled TV it wont be Sammy cause I doubt it'll get updated either.

Bitter about that Froyo update huh? Can't blame ya. For me, it's the locked bootloader. Absolute no go if it's locked, gotta be able to have custom roms, period. Kinda the point of an open system, ya?

Still half baked. No wifi on launch, lte and flash "soon".? Sorry but not feeling $800 worth of pioneering. End of summer sounds good to me.

Whiny girls stay home from the ball.

Mine is ready and waiting for me Thursday.

Cya b!tches.

Hmm wait till later to buy something that the Xoom will get anyway at that time...Well I guess while I can wait I can still use this kickass tablet! Listen if the Xoom isn't your thing because of bootloaders or VZW or whatever, no worries I hear LG and Sammy are making tablets exactly (except for a lil 3D) exactly the same! Now given that LG currently has no presence in the US with high end Android Smartphones and Sammy has never heard of this update business...sounds like they are just as big a gamble as Moto in this area...either way...Preordered mine today :)

Will not buy it and will wait until Flash is released. It's a shame SD doesn't work out of the box. I also hope Arabic will work properly without any hacks.

Why ship an unfinished product? Only reason could be that Motorola is REALLY DESPERATE to get this out before the new iPad 2. Don't know if offering customers a product with as such big features like flash, sd card and 4G missing is the answer.

I would have to say that as 10.2 has only just launched and has some serious updates to hardware acceleration on video and it may be that adobe is holding off until the air runtime also supports the functionality. As 10.2 is also tailored to release on Honeycomb I would also prefer that final burst of testing now that 3.0 is finally finished.

I could also hope that the 10.2 implementation on honeycomb would also include the molehill 3d api, but I think that's me just dreaming ;)

I can't believe people are ACTUALLY going to go out there and pay $800+ and 1 mo activation when there's several other tablets that are or will be much cheaper, you're wasting your money.