"For real guys, just a few more weeks!"
Adobe sure took their sweet time getting Flash working on Android smartphones. And it still doesn't work very well- try watching Hulu on your handset without significant lag or semi-regular crashes. Tablets are much more media-focused devices than smartphones, which means they'll be less forgiving of crappy Flash integration. One of the key selling points behind a tablet like the Xoom is media consumption. Yet, when the Xoom launches on February 24 it will have no Flash integration.
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The Best Buy ad tips that Flash will hit Android Honeycomb at some point this Spring. Now Adobe has weighed in and announced that Flash 10.2 will launch "within a few weeks" of Android 3. Some 132 million devices are expected to have Flash by the end of 2011. Adobe claims more than 50 tablets will launch in 2011 with Flash support.
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While Xoom users will be "among the first" to benefit from Flash 10.2, they still won't have it at launch. You can bet that's going to provoke a jibe or two from Apple during the iPad 2 launch event. On Moto's end though, it would have been much worse if they'd delayed the launch. With all this hype and no launched products, CES tablets were starting to smell a little like vapor.