Verizon Motorola Xoom will be released without Adobe Flash support
Since then, Verizon has put up a teaser page for the Xoom, which had an unexpected surprise in store for the eagle-eyed.
Here’s a screengrab of said page. Now look to the lower-right corner:
That’s right. “Adobe Flash expected Spring 2011”. Which means that initial batches of the Xoom will be shipping sans Adobe’s plugin. There’s no information as of yet regarding the reasons for this unexpected twist, but if we were to guess, we’d say that something about Flash integration into Android 3.0 Honeycomb just wasn’t ready for primetime soon enough to make it onto the Xoom.
Surely the issues will be fixed, and Flash will probably come to the Xoom via an update, sometime this Spring (which, keep in mind, can also mean in May!).
It will be interesting to see if this will affect sales of the Xoom in any way, since Flash support is one of the key differentiators that Android can boast in its perennial fight with Apple’s iOS.