Motorola Xoom to Ship Without Flash Support

After the relatively high price tag, here’s another dampener for those who were planning to buy a Motorola Xoom – it won’t ship with Flash support.

As we reported earlier, the Motorola Xoom will be available starting February 24. It will be available on Verizon for $800, which is the unsubsidized price of the Android tablet with a $600 Wi-Fi only variant slated for a later launch.

This is quite steep compared to the Apple iPad (which starts at $499). Now, one of the most touted features of the Motorola Xoom was Flash support. Many critics have blasted Apple for not supporting Flash on the iPad. One of the main USPs of Android tablets was the Flash support. Now, it seems that the Motorola Xoom won’t offer Flash support at launch, according to the official Xoom landing page at Verizon. It is expected in Spring 2011. This shouldn’t really matter a lot, since people have been getting along quite well without Flash on the iPad, but it gives users another reason to buy an iPad and not the Xoom.

Motorola Xoom

The Motorola Xoom is an Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet with a 10.1 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. It has a 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor with 1 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. It also has a 5 MP camera with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity.

Source: Verizon via Engadget

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  • Tristan Thomas

    I never liked it much when a device gets released ahead of it’s time because it causes some features to be missing. Many of us can go without flash the same way Apple mobile users have, but it sends a growing negative message.

    Anyways, there is always someone to blame and reasonings behind everything with these companies. You can find some opinion based ideas on who is wrong and why there will be no flash at launch at: