Adobe promised that Flash Player 10.2 will come to the Motorola Xoom within a few weeks of its Feb. 24 launch, striking down the notion that the software would be delayed to spring.
Xoom and other tablet computers based on Google's Android 3.0
"Honeycomb" will receive Adobe Flash Player 10.2, a key selling point
for Website browsing on tablets and smartphones.
spokesman Matt Rozen said Flash 10.2 would be pre-installed on some tablets and
as an over-the-air download on other machines within a few weeks of Honeycomb
devices becoming available.
The Xoom, the
first Honeycomb tablet, will launch Feb. 24 from Verizon Wireless and Best Buy,
which means it should get an OTA Flash upgrade in late March.
comes hours after a Verizon Wireless ad
ran noting that Flash
wouldn't appear on Android tablets until this spring.
excited about the progress we've made optimizing Flash for tablets, alongside
partners including Motorola, and expect our momentum to continue," wrote Rozen
in a blog post Feb. 21.
"Consumers are clearly asking for Flash support on tablet devices, and the
good news is that they won't have to wait long."
The Xoom, a
10.1-inch tablet running the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor, will cost
$799 unsubsidized for a 3G/WiFi version from Verizon Wireless and Best Buy, or
$599.99 with a two-year contract from Verizon. 3G data will cost $20 per month
Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha confirmed
a WiFi version would appear later for
Flash on a
computing device typically wouldn't be such a big deal because it's an accepted
But the fact
that Apple has sworn off the technology for its iPhone and iPad tablet provides
a marketing opportunity for Adobe and makers of Android, Windows 7 and webOS
tablets to tout the differentiation.
True to form,
Adobe is milking the PR opportunity, noting that more than 50 tablets will ship
with Flash in 2011. It also expects to see Flash installed on over 132 million
devices this year.