Motorola Xoom gets Flash 10.2, but only beta for now

One of the big differentiators between the Apple iPad and the Motorola Xoom is the ability of the latter to support Adobe Flash, a technology that Steve Jobs said is not the future of the internet. The Xoom was released last month and Flash was nowhere to be found due to development delays by Adobe. The company has now released version 10.2, currently available for all Xoom owners, but unfortunately the software is still a beta release and not the full-fledged offering. The USA TODAY is reporting that Adobe expects to release the full version, including hardware accelerations, in the next few weeks

 While this is a good first step, reports from PC World and CNet say that the software isn’t quite ready for prime time. The biggest complaint seems to revolve around the playback of HD video. It seems that there are audio sync issues and playback is jerky or outright crashes. In addition, websites with advertisements that use Flash obviously take longer to load on the Xoom, although they still load faster than the original iPad. Lastly, Hulu blocks all access to the Xoom via the browser.

All of the playback issues should be resolved in the next few weeks once hardware acceleration is brought to the non-beta version, but this continues to show that the Xoom is a cutting edge product and not quite as polished as people had hoped.

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Lucas said,
Flash has certainly been sucking. IMO, it is time for a new technology to take over.

What "new technology" are you talking about?

how many of you really use flash while browsing the web? Obviously,these day a lots things turn out that's an app for that and everything that use to be flash is gradually transfer into application instead of adobe flash..such as youtube,farmvile and many more to list out. But it's good to have flash as an option when you really need it. Honestly,flash is not improving any further or have astonish feature in future..that's what happening to the platform that decided to support.

Mobile devices are still by far the minority of ways people browse the web. Apps are pretty specific to those devices, so ... not really a good argument.

3 years adobe OS complaining about apple blocking flash from iOS and they still didn't manage to get a stable version out!


Adobe is tool slow, glad there is no future for flash on the web! Thanks steve for that!

Did you see any big boys use flash? At all??? They have steered clear from it years ago! Will google ever do ANY of their web apps in flash? Erm NO! Imagine google Docs or Reader or Analytics built with flash OMG that would be a suicide, see flash on twitter? Flash on Facebook? Apart from 3rd party developers annoying games?

parisp said,
3 years adobe OS complaining about apple blocking flash from iOS and they still didn't manage to get a stable version out!
Just so you know, Flash is stable on Android, and has been for quite some time. This is just specific to the Xoom.

Adobe is tool slow, glad there is no future for flash on the web!
Of course there is, it just doesn't need to be used as much. All those online games (and ads) aren't suddenly going to switch away to ... what, exactly? New web standards can do some of the work, but are far less mature. (Don't get me wrong, I don't want to be stuck with Flash forever)

parisp said,

Did you see any big boys use flash? At all??? They have steered clear from it years ago! Will google ever do ANY of their web apps in flash? Erm NO! Imagine google Docs or Reader or Analytics built with flash OMG that would be a suicide, see flash on twitter? Flash on Facebook? Apart from 3rd party developers annoying games?

Ever used google street view? google finance?
do us a favour, don't make yourself look like an idiot.

bestbuy said,
Ever used google street view? google finance?
do us a favour, don't make yourself look like an idiot.

How about you do us a favour instead, don't be such an ass.

If Flash was truly stable, they wouldn't always disable it when measuring web performance of these devices/OS'. Every video I've seen of Flash on a mobile device has incredibly laggy scrolling and zooming. Since the majority of video sites offer HTML5 versions now, the main use of Flash these days is for advertisements. Other than that, it's games, and I can't see many passing over native apps for flash, especially considering how cheap they are, or otherwise free.

Flash is dying, the writing's on the wall. Saying otherwise makes you look foolish. Even advertisers have started switching. Advertising is only useful if you have an audience to market to, the less devices/users supporting Flash, the less value of each flash-ad.

Hate aside, Adobe isn't completely lost. Their Flash to HTML5 convertor tool is a huge step in the right direction. There's nothing wrong with Flash as a tool to create interactive games/websites/videos ect. The problem is being forced to use Flash Player, which is far from perfect.

Xero ... thanks for the rant. But he was responding to "Did you see any big boys use flash? At all??? They have steered clear from it years ago!" with actual examples.

Ads are frequently device targeted btw. If Windows users continue to mostly have Flash installed, ads are still going to use Flash. Besides, *more* users are getting Android phones which *do* support Flash. So what are the fewer devices supporting it? The iPhone, which didn't support it anyway, ever, and is no longer quite the smartphone force it once was?

Besides, of course use of Flash slows things down - it's used to do pretty heavy stuff! Converting everything to JS and HTML5 isn't suddenly going to make everything magically faster, especially if Flash makes better use of hardware acceleration.

(Per previous comment, no, I don't want Flash to be used forever ... but it's not suddenly the devil)

Xero said,

How about you do us a favour instead, don't be such an ass.

If Flash was truly stable, they wouldn't always disable it when measuring web performance of these devices/OS'. Every video I've seen of Flash on a mobile device has incredibly laggy scrolling and zooming. Since the majority of video sites offer HTML5 versions now, the main use of Flash these days is for advertisements. Other than that, it's games, and I can't see many passing over native apps for flash, especially considering how cheap they are, or otherwise free.

Flash is dying, the writing's on the wall. Saying otherwise makes you look foolish. Even advertisers have started switching. Advertising is only useful if you have an audience to market to, the less devices/users supporting Flash, the less value of each flash-ad.

Hate aside, Adobe isn't completely lost. Their Flash to HTML5 convertor tool is a huge step in the right direction. There's nothing wrong with Flash as a tool to create interactive games/websites/videos ect. The problem is being forced to use Flash Player, which is far from perfect.


Hulu, Amazon Digital Movies, Pandora, Fox, CBS and the list keeps going... they all use Flash for multimedia content.

UndergroundWire said,
I don't get care what anyone says, the Xoom is great. I'm loving it. Now with Flash, it just got even better.

Flash is terrible, it should be dismantled or issues fixed.

soldier1st said,
Flash is terrible, it should be dismantled or issues fixed.
What are these issues that Adobe are ignoring in their updates?

reidtheweed01 said,
How many years after XP x64 did it take for them to release a 64-bit version of flash for windows?

There was (and to some extent still isn't) never really any great need for it, IE is the only browser that has a really usable X64 edition, and that doesn't even get used all that much.