Honeycomb is the first version of the Android operating system that is optimized for tablets, and the mobile OS features a complete overhaul from previous versions, all of which were created for smartphones.
Adobe will offer Flash Player 10.2 pre-installed 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.We are excited about the progress we’ve made optimizing Flash for tablets, alongside partners including Motorola, and expect our momentum to continue.
As we announced last week, over 20 million smartphones were shipped or upgraded with Flash Player in 2010 and over 150,000 consumers on the Android Market are rating it 4.5 out of 5 stars. We have raised our estimates for 2011 and expect to see Flash installed on over 132 million devices by the end of this year. Consumers are clearly asking for Flash support on tablet devices and the good news is that they won’t have to wait long. We are aware of over 50 tablets that will ship in 2011 supporting a full web experience (including Flash support) and Xoom users will be among the first to enjoy this benefit.
Would-be Xoom owners were outraged when earlier in the week a Verizon ad said Flash would be available on the tablet "in spring 2011." Such a time frame implied Flash could be coming very soon, or as late as May.
The Motorola Xoom launches next week with a price tag of $800.
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 22 Feb 2011 21:05