Motorola Xoom Receives OTA Update In Preparation For Flash

Motorola's Xoom tablet is receiving an over-the-air update to provide support for Flash 10.2 in advance of its launch in the UK, the company has confirmed.

The company revealed on Twitter that the device, which has already launched in the US, would receive the OTA update in phases, bringing the 'required enhancements' to support Adobe Flash 10.2 for tablets.

The device had shipped without Adobe Flash when it was launched in the US, leading many to believe that Xoom would lose its edge over the iPad which is already competitively priced. Owing to Apple's feud with Adobe, Flash is absent from all iOS devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, something that Apple's rivals have been quick to point out.

Xoom, which runs on Google's Android 3.0 Honeycomb for tablets, is being touted as the first real rival to Apple's iPad, which dominates the tablet device market.

The device, which was previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, comes with a dual-core processor, a 10.1 inch high-definition screen, a 2MP front-facing and 5MP back-facing camera.

In related news, developer Thomas Sohmers has successfully ported the open source Ubuntu operating system on the Android based Motorola Xoom. According to PC World, the Ubuntu OS on Xoom appears to be running on a virtual environment rather than completely replacing the native Android platform.