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Motorola XOOM gets Flash next week

March 11, 2011: 11:13 AM ET

The XOOM software experience seems to be coming piecemeal.

Motorola's (MMI) XOOM, by most accounts, would be the best tablet you could buy right now if it weren't for Apple's (AAPL) year+ lead in building ARM-based experiences.  That being said, Motorola does offer some advantages over the product from Cupertino.  One of these advantages is the ability to play Flash on a 10-inch screen.  Unfortunately for Motorola and Google (GOOG), that Flash software wasn't ready for launch.

But it isn't terribly late: Adobe says it will be ready on Friday.  Next Friday, the 18th.

We have been working very closely with Google to ensure tight integration between Flash Player 10.2 and new OS and browser capabilities in Android 3.0.  The March 18th beta release of Flash Player 10.2 in conjunction with Google's first system update to Android 3.0  (version 3.0.1) currently underway for the MOTOROLA XOOM™ will deliver the first phase of our work together.  This will be followed by subsequent updates, which will complete the optimizations and result in a production GA release of Flash Player 10.2 for Android 3.0.

Flash will be able to take full advantage of the XOOM's dual core processors.  The dual core Nvidia processor and chipset is a powerhouse and it would be a shame for Flash not to take full advantage of it.  Adobe's (ADBE) Flash is one of the many differentiators that the XOOM has over the more popular iPad.

There is a debate on whether or not Flash is good for a tablet experience.  I don't necessarily need Flash on a tablet, but there are certainly times when it comes in handy.  It is hard to argue that having Flash is worse than not having it.

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