February 21, 2011 | by Michael Heller
According to the landing page for the Motorola Xoom, Adobe Flash isn’t coming to the tablet until “Spring 2011″. The idea is that Motorola wants to wait for Flash 10.2 to be finalized, but the xda community has other plans.
Motorola is holding out because Adobe is still hard at work on Flash 10.2, which is adding optimization for dual-core processors, as well as improving CPU usage and battery life. These performance increases are thanks to Stage Video, which adds full hardware acceleration for H.264 video. Currently, when playing video through Flash, CPU usage is extremely high, because a lot of the work is done through software, but with 10.2, reports have full-screen HD flash video only using 15% CPU for playback. Websites will need to update their video players to support Stage Video, but none of the video will need to be re-encoded. Flash 10.2 is promising HD video playback at 30fps.
So, Motorola wants you to wait, but of course xda has other plans. A post has gone up today with an early version of Tegra 2 optimized Flash. This leaked version came from the Malata ZPad owners, but it is labeled as “froyo”. It may not even work with Honeycomb, but if the xda community has shown us anything, it’s that they’ll give us alternatives when the official releases aren’t yet available.
Motorola has responded to the news that Flash would not be available on the Xoom at launch. They have a statement on their site which reads in part:
Adobe will offer Flash Player 10.2 preinstalled on some tablets and as an OTA download on others within a few weeks of Android 3 (Honeycomb) devices becoming available, the first of which is expected to be the Motorola Xoom.