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Motorola Xoom to ship on February 24th; Flash support to follow

Motorola’s much anticipated tablet will not ship with Flash support out of the box

Hailed by many as the biggest iPad challenger, the Motorola Xoom doesn’t seem to be holding its own so far. The first setback for the Motorola Xoom came courtesy of its price tag; which was $70 more than the closest iPad model. More bad news came to Xoom fans as the first Best Buy ad revealed that a 3G contract was required to activate the Xoom’s Wi-Fi capability, adding more to an already elevated price tag.

Now two days ahead of the Xoom’s launch, the latest word is that the flaunted Flash capabilities of the Motorola Xoom will not even be available once the tablet ships. According to the fine print on Verizon’s Xoom website, Adobe Flash support for the device is expected in Spring 2011.

While Flash support was one of the main selling points for Android devices and tablets, it appears that Motorola/Google are awaiting the introduction of Adobe’s latest 10.2 Flash Plug-In. According to Adobe, the new version of Flash will offer optimization for dual-core processors, improvements on CPU usage and battery life, and HD video at up to 30 frames per second.

While there have been many setbacks for the Motorola Xoom, it remains a very capable device. The tablet features a 1GHz Tegra 2 Processor, a 10.1” display with a 1280x800 pixel resolution, 1GB RAM, 32GB of storage, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HDMI, and is the first tablet to feature Android’s Honeycomb OS. With all things taken into consideration, the ultimate decider of the Xoom’s success will be its sales numbers, so we’ll have to keep our fingers crossed till then.


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Omar Qudsi, 2011-02-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)