Motorola is to begin shipping its Xoom tablet in the US on 24 February, but the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb device will launch without Flash support.
Verizon Wireless said on its Xoom pre-registration page earlier this week that Flash support will come in spring 2011. However, the small print has since been changed to read: 'Adobe Flash 10.1 will be available as a free download from the Android Market coming soon.'
No specific reason has been given as to why the Xoom will ship without Flash support, but it is believed that Adobe needed more time to optimise the software for Android 3.0.
The Xoom is due to launch in the UK in April, and it is unclear whether Flash will be ready in time to ship with these devices.
V3.co.uk contacted Adobe and Motorola to clarify the reasons, but the firms had not responded at the time of writing. Google refused to comment on the situation.
Adobe said that it plans to preinstall Flash 10.2 on forthcoming tablets, and will make the software available as an over-the-air update a few weeks after Android 3.0 is released.
Matt Rozen, from the Adobe Flash team, wrote on the Adobe Flash Platform Blog that the first device to receive the update will be the Xoom.
"We are excited about the progress we've made optimising Flash for tablets, alongside partners including Motorola, and expect our momentum to continue," he said.
"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."
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