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Adobe Flash 10.2 Available March 18 for Motorola XOOM Owners

The first update for the Motorola XOOM started rolling out today and with it comes support for Adobe’s Flash 10.2 which we’ve now learned will be released to the Android Market on March 18.  This is big news, especially for all those complaining about the XOOM coming half-baked or not finished.  So you all had to wait 3 weeks for it?  Everyone going to live?  

Here are the new capabilities of Flash 10.2:

Hardware accelerated video presentation for H.264 (Android 3.0.1+ only)

Flash Player 10.2 leverages the Stage Video rendering pipeline to enable users of Android 3.0 tablets, like the MOTOROLA XOOM™, to enjoy smooth playback of high-definition Flash video content on the web.   Users will experience reduced CPU usage and higher frame rates for existing H.264 video content.

Deeper integration with the Android browser rendering engine (Android 3.0.1+ only)

Deeper integration of Flash Player and the enhanced Android 3.0 browser delivers faster and better rendering of rich, interactive web content resulting in a browsing experience similar to the desktop.

Flash Player can now render content as part of the web page along with other components such as HTML, images and gif animation. As a result, users will experience:

  • Improved scrolling of web pages;
  • Uncompromised viewing of rich, immersive content in the way intended by the page designer, including support for instances where HTML and other web content is composited over Flash Player rendered content.  Flash Player rendered content will continue to be placed in a separate window on top of HTML in the Android 2.2 and 2.3 browsers, as these browsers do not support the new Android 3.0 browser rendering model.

Enhanced performance for the latest smartphones and tablets

Experience performance improvements designed to take advantage of the current generation of multi-core, GPU-enabled processors to deliver Flash videos, games and other interactive Web content on the latest smartphones and tablets.  For a list of upcoming Flash-enabled devices which show off the latest performance improvements, including the MOTOROLA ATRIX™ 4G, MOTOROLA XOOM™ and LG Optimus 2X, please click here.

Automatic soft keyboard support

Users of touch screen devices will enjoy a more optimized experience interacting with rich content that requires keyboard input.  This feature simplifies the development of multiscreen applications that require keyboard input, making it easier for developers to optimize desktop applications for mobile devices. A new ActionScript API enables developers to automatically launch and display the soft keyboard.

In addition to its availability on Android Market, the production GA release of Flash Player 10.2 will also be available pre-installed on many upcoming tablets and smartphones or delivered as an over-the-air (OTA) update to existing devices in market.

Via:  Adobe Flash Blog

  • Rizzidy

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Remember how many official dates we heard for Flash for the OG Droid?

  • Anonymous

    Ok Kellex how did you get it on your XOOM i want it too… Did you download the leaked one from XDA from a while ago?? I am just a bit scared to do it now because i just got back to a locked bootloader and i dont want to go through the whole proccess of unlocking rooting to back up and then downloading it especcially with this update that is supposed to come out soon, ie 18 but this is android so it could be the 18th the 28 or the 8 or next month who knows.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Blacklock/100001633248589 Jason Blacklock

    OMG I want a XOOM!!!! =(

  • Azilla

    Oooh Flash on my Honeycomb NC yay!!

  • Anonymous

    I am testing the xoom for our business. It’s pretty bad arse, but a little heavy. In regards to Flash, I hate Flash, but it’s a different game when it comes to AIR.

  • ckeegan

    Do you own a XOOM? I do, and I can honestly say the only thing I am currently waiting for is microSD support, which again, the other tablets won’t have, ever. Otherwise, I honestly don’t see the XOOM lacking “polish”.

  • Anonymous

    I want to know where all the trolls are (actually there was only 1 or 2 very tenacious ones) that were saying in yesterday’s post that Flash on the XOOM was an empty promise and we’d be left waiting till all hope was sucked out of the Earth.

    • angermeans

      Th

      • Sesawyer3127

        Oh I am here LOL dont you worry, and I want flash just as much as everyone else and in your readings yesterday you should remember that I have the xoom too. I will just say that Moto is notorious in promising dates and then belaying that, so well see. I hope for yours and everyone’s sake that they will live up to their promise, time will tell.

      • Sesawyer3127
  • Anonymous

    I just want to know who’s XOOM that is in the screenshot…is that your’s Kellex? It looks like somebody already got a taste of Flash 10.2 as it shows up as already downloaded. Want to let us know how it performs?

  • Anonymous

    You know what’s great about all these boo hoo I had to wait 3 week stories? In 6 month’s time they’re all forgotten. :) Consumers have VERY short memories. So, while we all complain when we don’t have something, as soon as it’s actually delivered, the bad memories start to fade and suddenly don’t matter anymore. And guess what? Companies know this. ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=545634778 Alan Paone

      Kinda like how everyone forgot about antennagate :) At least the xoom is only shipping with missing features that can be fixed, rather than design flaws that can’t.

      • Anonymous

        Ok, good point. I mean, if it’s a flaw that can’t be fixed, no one’s going to forget that. :D But, if it ships with missing features, meh. Look at game consoles. Compare a PS3 or 360 with their initial release versions. (I don’t mean the RRoD…I haven’t forgotten darnit! :D). They’ve evolved as we can expect the Xoom to evolve. Closer to home, the Droid….compared to its initial release. Same thing. And people hardly remember what it was like back in the beginning. I think after a couple months, the initial speed bumps of a *brand new product release* will be forgotten. Yes, it wasn’t the best rollout they could have had. But, it’ll get better.

  • Anonymous

    I think most people see a feature that is touted as being a core differentiator for a device as something that should be included at launch, even 2 days shows poor planning. Is the sky falling on the Xoom, no? But it shows where Android vendors need to step up their game, especially with tablets, if they want to create consumer successes.
    If I bought a 4G phone from Verizon and my area was advertised to support 4G and 4G didn’t work for the first 3 weeks I would be pissed. May not be the best analogy, but that’s how I see it.
    As always the totally outraged and the people who see it as no big deal are likely blinded by their own biases. If you don’t fall in between annoyed and pissed then chances are they could have skimped on any feature and you would have love or hated it.

    • ckeegan

      I agree, Adobe should have gotten there crap together sooner. You know, since obviously Motorola and Google have nothing to do with how quickly Adobe can get their software to market. Should we bitch about Motorola not getting games like Monster Madness to market in time for the XOOM launch too?

      • http://twitter.com/lennyd43 Why So Serious?

        Can’t blame it all on Adobe. Motorola tried to rush this product out before iPad 2 release. As we can all see it is an unfinished product (buggy, sd card won’t work yet etc.)

        I’m waiting for Wifi Xoom in April and hope they have that handled.

        • Anonymous

          As a day one droid x owner it annoyed me, just figured they would have learned their lesson.
          and you are right it isn’t that serious, just annoying as now I will just assume the bionic won’t slip with flash

        • ckeegan

          So, back in October, Motorola announced that they were working on tablet that would launch in 1st quarter, then rushed it by releasing it 2/3s of the way into first quarter? Look at Apple, they have a history of releasing their products on an almost exact yearly cycle, but the iPad2 is launching 11 months to the day after the iPad, and yet specs and OS are still behind the XOOM. Who rushed their product?

          Of course it’s Adobe’s fault that Flash wasn’t ready by launch day, just as it’s Google’s fault for not including microSD support in Honeycomb right off the bat.

        • Sesawyer3127

          hmmm sound familiar? LOL

      • Anonymous

        you missed my point, if it wasnt going to be ready for release don’t advertise it as a key component. that would be like showing that game in every commercial and then not being able to get it at release.

    • Sesawyer3127

      Amen what I have been saying all along!

  • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

    I am actually liking the internet without flash but there are times it would be nice to have. I am just glad to see they fixed page scrolling. That is so bad on my Droid X.

  • Anonymous

    Available in the market on 3/18. If history repeats, Droid Lifers will be “Flashed” before the market.

    BTW: Happy Birthday Tato! :-)

    • Eric

      I already am.

  • Anonymous

    go to cnn.com and espn.com and remember the performance you see now without flash. when flash gets loaded go there again and watch it crawl. then you will know how much crap this flash is.

    • ckeegan

      And you know this because you’ve used a Honeycomb tablet with Flash and hardware acceleration?

      • Anonymous

        Just do it and prove me wrong bitch…..if you can.

        I am the Real King of All Media

        • ckeegan

          I plan to.

        • droidrev71

          that is just the nicest thing i have ever heard.. your toooo sweet mrs. media

        • droidrev71

          that is just the nicest thing i have ever heard.. your toooo sweet mrs. media

        • angermeans

          Bitch? You really showed your age there didn’t ya?

          • ckeegan

            Don’t hate. His bedroom (sorry, “lair” or “command center”) in the basement of his parent’s house probably flooded again.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Blacklock/100001633248589 Jason Blacklock

            LMAO =)

          • Anonymous

            damn tsunami

          • Anonymous

            LAMO, I am wondering if the Kings lair in the basement is wear all of his highness’s subjects live as well :P

          • Anonymous

            17

        • Joker

          My droid x don’t crawl why would my xoom dumb as hell one of those purple that are too poor to afford it so he complains loser

    • DroidzFX

      got a tablet app for both so I dont need to visit the website. TherealkingofBS

  • MK17

    So the Xoom officially has something (else) the Ipad 2 will never have.

    • Anonymous

      hey I can watch good porn on the ipad and iphone. what else is there except advertising…..:O)

  • Bucho2k

    Flash is dumb. Completely useless, dying breed. I give flash one more year to live.

  • Anonymous

    Ok, so I’m starting to understand Moto’s plan with the XOOM.

    They released the unfinished XOOM for a lot of money to make sure that the only people that get the XOOM are Android fanboys that can handle its shortcomings and start a modding community.

    Then they will start to fill in the gaps in functionality, Flash, SD, etc. After everything is plugged, the wifi version goes out the door for a more reasonable price. The XOOM attacks retail and really starts to publish some numbers. So by the time our grandmothers are looking to get XOOMs, the software is rock solid and the community support base is there to extend functionality.

    It all makes sense.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, because Motorola had something to do with Flash and microSD support. Plus, all the other tablets launching in the near future will have both expandable storage, 4G, and Flash before the XOOM. Is that about right?

  • Anonymous

    Meanwhile everyone is in line for the iPad2. “Xoom” sounds ominously like “Zune”

    Now, if we can just get a working SD card slot, Netflix and some tablet apps we can compete (with iPad 3?)

  • Eric

    Kellex why did u blur out the size(12.05MB) of Flash?

  • Anonymous

    All those people who claimed that it would be months before we got flash can eat blackbird :P

  • Anonymous

    Finally!! and thats good the Xoom is finally going to reieceve Adobe Flash player. I do agree that Moto is rushing to meet unrealistic deadlines and not looking at it’s development timelines to finish working out the bigger bugs that affect it’s consumer bottom line and it’s reputation of a product that is fighting for market share.

    It so easy for OEM’s like Moto to just say “we’ll send a OTA Update and the consumer will be fine” NO thats not the answer, Give us a product that works and has the “Goods” like you say it does. Great quality right out of the box with all of the services and applications that you (Moto) said this device will have. And, not buggy because we had to rush and beat the ipad 2. I could careless about the ipad 2. The Xoom will be a better device to the consumer and a bigger hit if EVERYTHING was launched perfectly.

    Consumers will have a better appreciation and respect knowing that Moto is taking the time to make sure the device is FULLY enjoyable to the consumer than rushing to beat the sad ipad 2. Just sayin

  • Anonymous

    Finally!! and thats good the Xoom is finally going to reieceve Adobe Flash player. I do agree that Moto is rushing to meet unrealistic deadlines and not looking at it’s development timelines to finish working out the bigger bugs that affect it’s consumer bottom line and it’s reputation of a product that is fighting for market share.

    It so easy for OEM’s like Moto to just say “we’ll send a OTA Update and the consumer will be fine” NO thats not the answer, Give us a product that works and has the “Goods” like you say it does. Great quality right out of the box with all of the services and applications that you (Moto) said this device will have. And, not buggy because we had to rush and beat the ipad 2. I could careless about the ipad 2. The Xoom will be a better device to the consumer and a bigger hit if EVERYTHING was launched perfectly.

    Consumers will have a better appreciation and respect knowing that Moto is taking the time to make sure the device is FULLY enjoyable to the consumer than rushing to beat the sad ipad 2. Just sayin

    • Anonymous

      You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about.

      1. Finally? You act like people have been waiting for months, the XOOM has been out for 15 days.
      2. Motorola has nothing to do with Adobe, bitch about Adobe not getting it out in time for launch, not Motorola.
      3. iOS 4.1 had a DST bug too.
      4. Motorola has nothing to do with lack of microSD capabilities in the XOOM, since Google developed Honeycomb without the capability. It’s also one of the only tablets launching in the near future with a microSD slot. HTC Flyer will have one, but only because it’s running Gingerbread. iPad2, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Playbook, G-Slate, TouchPad, etc – None have expandable storage.

      • Anonymous

        I can’t check all your facts, but if they are indeed correct I agree with you. I see so much potential in Honeycomb, it is truly an amazing tablet experience. I don’t see how iOS can compete with it. It may be a little buggy right now but when it’s running smooth, it is a great experience that will only get better with time.

      • Anonymous

        I can’t check all your facts, but if they are indeed correct I agree with you. I see so much potential in Honeycomb, it is truly an amazing tablet experience. I don’t see how iOS can compete with it. It may be a little buggy right now but when it’s running smooth, it is a great experience that will only get better with time.

      • Anonymous

        Dude, Lets get something straight,

        1). First I work in this industry, and as someone with a lot of background
        in software product launches, and development I think I know a thing or two
        about whats going on with Moto. As well as whats so obvious to a lot of
        outside consumers that can see the battle of launching a device so fast that
        certain Big mistakes that can result with customer dissatisfaction can hurt
        a strategic goal of unseating a competitor IE.. Apple from it’s thrown in
        the tablet space. (Oh, and please, don’t be a Moto/Android HOMER)

        2). Are you kidding me??, Moto has nothing to do with Adobe not being ready
        to develop and having Flash 10.2 ready?? C’mon man, MOTO/ADOBE both
        collaborate on whats going on it’s called Product management and Project
        Management.

        3) Apple ios 4.1, You mention one bug from the leader with a firm grip
        in the tablet market, and I am not talking about a significant bug but a bug
        that really didn’t hurt their sales at all. It’s different when you’re NOT
        the giant in the industry and that has a pretty size able customer base,
        Customer Loyalty, and Customer revenue base that’s continues to grow by
        brand and media. (example.. Why is it, that when a Top Fortune 1000 company
        deploys a mobile app for it customers, like ESPN, the first words are ”
        Checkout our new mobile I*hone” app, also available on ANDROID!! See,
        Brand recognition because of product quality within the industry) I
        personally hate that but, it’s because Apple has that Customer loyalty with
        little issues. Which brings me back to Moto and customers reflect on why is
        this device launched with missing apps, take the time to deploy it
        right!!!! Moto is fighting to take the lead.

        4) What are you talking about?? We all know the specs and the storage
        capabilities of the Xoom which is GREAT?? I am talking about to many
        problems at launch ie.. HTC Thunderbolt, it may be on Verizon’s side for
        example, or it maybe on HTC’s side of the house okay, but the majority of
        the consumer base that matters to both companies do not sit and read Droid
        Life or for that matter care about why?? It’s the perception of whats wrong
        with the product?? It’s brand and customer perception. That’s what Apple
        has going for it.

        I think the Xoom of course has the upper hand to deseat Apple of course but,
        lets get the major issues out of the way first before launch and give the
        customers a better experience than Apple!!!

        If the product is NOT ready then hold off, Moto knows if Adobe is having
        issues, Moto knows if Skype is not ready and why. It’s All about customer
        loyalty these days and Apple has alot of it, sorry to say. There’s a BIGGER
        PICTURE Here and it’s not about well, Apple did this or had this, man, it’s
        about revenue and building a customer base and unseating Apple with a great
        quality product, not relying on OTA’s to fix bugs or shortcomings that
        should’ve been launched according to the Marketing.

        • ckeegan

          In response to your comments…

          1. If you work in the industry, I’ll give you that, but I work in advertising and sales. You do not delay a product launch because of the availability of an optional add-on from a third-party, especially when it doesn’t negatively effect the overall function of the product.

          2. I think it’s Google and Adobe collaborating, since Motorola products do not have some sort of exclusivity on Flash for their devices.

          3. It’s funny that you mention “Apple”, “firm grip”, and “leader” in the same sentence. I don’t believe a software bug was the only issue that plagued the iPhone 4. Also, iOS is not the leader in any category other than apps. Companies like ESPN have marketed their apps that way in the past, but you don’t honestly expect that to change when Android controls 6.5% more marketshare than iOS in the United States, and iOS marketshare has been stagnant for over a year?

          4. So, you’re assuming that the majority of the consumer base, who don’t read Droid-Life, care about Flash, 4G, and microSD support at launch. Even if they did know that those things were missing at launch to begin with, they would also know that all are going to be added later. No other tablet coming soon will offer all of those things in one package. It’s not even an option, upgrade, or anything. It won’t exist until the next generation, maybe.

          • Anonymous

            I would say this, if you’re in marketing/sales and your organization just
            spent hundres of thousands of dollars on marketing a product to go after a
            major competitor and it’s your first product launch in that vertical and you
            have tow options with the devlopments at hand which would you choose??

            ,1) Launch but will have to tell consumers to return the device for the
            upgrade, and oh by the way we don’t have a couple of Apps that were suppose
            to come on the device just yet.

            2) hold off for two weeks with a message stating how much Moto cares about
            the quality of the product and we want our consumers to ensure the best
            possible experiance and quality of our products. Delay the launch for a
            couple of weeks.

            The first path which Moto has taken is a little risky because Apple will
            definitely use this as firepower in Marketing and the consumer response of
            buying a device only to return it and be without. That could, not saying it
            will but could affect it’s consumer buying decison and is a hurdle. I am
            for the Xoom whole heatedly but jwhen you luanch a product like the Xoom
            against the ipad you want to come full strength

        • Sesawyer3127

          Funny how I said the same thing and more and more people see this? Moto should have waited for these bugs to be worked out. It is a great product and will be better with time, but to release with crucial aspects not working just seems crazy, only to be the ipad2

    • angermeans

      I respect motorola (for the first time since the original droid to be honest) they are offering what most dont and that’s a free update for 4G which, be hinest, they could have left out using the excuse the ipad does in that it isn’t even launched yet (LTE). I am sure if verizon would have allowed them to they would have launched with the 4G LTE radio instead of footing the bill to send it in, pay people to install it, and then sending it back. Let’s try and use our brains here the onoy reason some are calling the Xoom half baked is it is missing features, but that is nit motos fault they had their hardware ready it was their partners not. Everyone knows that early adopters pay the price and wait for upgrades to iron out software bugs, get promised features, and have the solid product ready for mass consumption. I don’t see why many are bitching about the Xoom so much at least motorola doesn’t keep its specs from its customers like some other iproducst out there. Does it have 256 ram or 512? You claim it has a 1ghz dual core yet you under clock it to 8oomhz. That is a 800 mhz dual core not 1ghz. That is what people should be bitching about along with the minimal upgrade that apple forcefeeds their customers telling them “believe me, this is for your best interest you don’t have [insert absent feature here]“

      • Anonymous

        angermeans, I am not beating up on Moto I would like to see Moto crush the
        *ad2, but the competition is very stout with a product that you’re correct
        in stating that Apple force feeds their customers with little upgrades and
        markets that slight upgrade as something BIG. From a consumer point of
        view, it’s obvious that Moto launched a product that needed a little more
        time, maybe a week or to.

        If Moto had just waited and informed the consumer that they would rather
        wait for a couple of weeks and to ensure that the consumer has the best
        possible experience and we care about our product and not just throw
        something out there, for the customer to return the product back to Moto for
        an upgrade.. That statement would’ve went very far with the consumer and
        something to build on versus Apple.

      • Anonymous

        I apologize for sending this so late http://appsgalaxy.com/about.html Enjoy it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

    Hope they don’t pull a Thunderbolt.

  • Dshudson

    Everything is a wait.. now watch.. there will be a delay that day.. “winning”

  • DroidzFX

    Winning!!!! ANdroid is drinks tiger blood!!

    • Anonymous

      Where the hell did Tiger Blood come from? I know it’s Charlie Sheen but what does it mean?

      • DroidzFX

        Watch the Charlie Sheen interview its hilarious. And it comes from the veins of Siberian Tigers.

        • Anonymous

          Also, why are we quoting a cocaine addicted actor who’s life is in shambles? What exactly is he winning? Life? I don’t think so. I don’t understand why he is so popular all of a sudden.

          • DroidzFX

            Thats the whole point he is crazy. The things he says are off the wall.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Blacklock/100001633248589 Jason Blacklock

      Tigers Blood Power!!!!

  • Chris i r

    first.. bitches