Adobe to bring Flash to Android Honeycomb tablets

22 Feb 2011

The Motorola Xoom will be the first Android 3.0 tablet device to receive Flash Player 10.2 support, Adobe has confirmed. Adobe expects Flash to be on 132m mobile devices by the end of 2011.

Adobe team member Matt Rozen said in a blog post that Adobe will offer Flash Player 10.2 pre-installed on “some tablets” and as an over-the-air (OTA) download on others within a few weeks of Android 3.0 devices becoming available.

“The first of which is expected to be the Motorola Xoom,” Rozen said.

Rozen said Adobe was excited by the progress it has made in optimising Flash for tablets alongside partners like Motorola and expects this momentum to continue.

Adobe announced last week that more than 20m smartphones were shipped or upgraded with Flash Player in 2010 and more than 150,00 consumers on the Android Market are rating it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Flash to appear on 132m smartphones and tablets by end of this year

“We have raised our estimates for 2011 and expect to see Flash installed on over 132m 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,” Rozen said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years