Motorola Xoom Without Flash For US Launch

Motorola's upcoming Android Honeycomb based Xoom tablet device will not ship with Adobe's Flash when it is launched in the US.

According to an online flyer released by US wireless carrier Verizon, the $800 tablet will receive support for Flash in Spring 2011.

When Motorola first previewed its tablet device, it had touted Flash support as one of the key features of the tablet because rival Apple's iPad offers no such function. US consumers will have to wait a few weeks before they get Flash support.

Experts believe that Adobe has not readied Flash to support tablet devices that are powered by Google Android 3.0 HoneyComb OS, which is specifically built for tablet devices. Consumers will no doubt be put-off by the news, as support for Flash is what sets Xoom apart from the iPad.

Here in the UK, the tablet device will be offered by Carphone Warehouse and PC World but it is not known if the tablet will ship with Flash or not. With the upcoming releases of other tablet devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and LG Optimus Pad, Adobe will need to act quickly on its Flash 10.2 Honeycomb compatibility to ensure their launches are not also negatively affected.