Motorola's XOOM tablet won't have to wait long before it gains support for Flash content, with Adobe promising an imminent OTA update delivering Flash Player 10.2. Following on from Verizon's quiet admission that the Android 3.0 XOOM wouldn't ship with Flash support when it goes on sale this Thursday, February 24, Adobe has stepped in to say that the new version will be available "within a few weeks."
Android's Flash advantage over the iPad will be missing in action from the launch of the Motorola XOOM, with Flash Player support not expected until Spring 2011. An Engadget tipster spotted the disclaimer lurking at the bottom of Verizon's XOOM pre-order listing, seemingly suggesting that Adobe and Google are waiting until Flash Player 10.2 is ready later in the year.
Nokia is reportedly considering a spending spree on boutique application developers, in an attempt to create a halo package of apps for future devices. Furthermore, according to the NYTimes' source - supposedly close to the Finnish company - Nokia has also been in talks with Adobe regarding the co-creation of developer tools.
Adobe has released Flash Player 10.2, complete with support for Stage Video full hardware acceleration. Available initially for Windows, Mac and Linux, Flash Player 10.2 promises 1080p HD streaming video playback with just 1 to 15-percent CPU load on Stage Video supported systems. Meanwhile, Adobe is promising phone and tablet Flash Player 10.2 news - along with AIR news - at MWC 2011 next week.
RIM has pushed out an updated version of the BlackBerry Tablet OS simulator, complete with a fully embedded BlackBerry browser so that would-be PlayBook devs can test out their web-apps, Flash 10.1 and general site performance. In addition to the Adobe support, the PlayBook will also handle HTML5 Video and Audio (though the simulator doesn't have the full range of codecs that the final hardware will).
The awesome Kinect hacks continue, and BLITZ have delivered what could turn out to be one of the more interesting adaptations of Microsoft's motion-gaming peripheral. They've figured out a way to get the Kinect sensor-bar to work with Flash-based interfaces via Node.js, opening the door to Flash, Silverlight and Unity apps being directly controlled by Kinect-recognized motions.
Video demo after the cut
Samsung is making moves to kill off the cable STB, and feathering its Galaxy Tab media line-up at the same time. The Korean company has announced partnerships with DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and Comcast that will see digital content services from the three companies feature on upcoming Samsung smart TV sets. However, it will also see Time Warner's cable service and Comcast's Xfinity available as an app on the Galaxy Tab.
Viewsonic has blamed underbaked Android support for large-screen devices like its 10.1-inch GTablet, an unoptimized Adobe Flash plugin and issued getting its custom UI working properly with NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset for the poor "user experience" reported by early adopters. Having seen the Android 2.2 Froyo GTablet pulled from Staples this weekend over what the retailer described as a "manufacturing defect", Viewsonic is arguing that in fact simple software updates will address the issues.
Apple is continuing its assault on Adobe, with the launch of iAd Producer, a tool for online advertizers to create interactive iAd content in a manner that would previously have likely required Adobe's Flash developer tools. Described as "a powerful visual editing canvas" that can make "creating beautiful, motion-rich iAd content as easy as point and click", the new software further chips away at what Adobe apps might be considered necessary for users.