Initial Android Honeycomb Tablets will ship without Adobe’s Flash (and that might be good!).
Motorola also confirmed the missing Flash component:
What’s the hold up? We’re not sure here but Google’s (MMI) Android team are probably the ones who sent Adobe back to the drawing board. Adobe wasn’t able to articulate the delay in PR-speak but it is most likely a performance issue. The new round of Andorid tablets have 1280x 800 HD displays which Flash videos, when viewed at full resolution, could really tax the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and by extension, the battery.
If Motorola is to meet the 10+ hours of battery live they’ve listed in their specs, a battery-hogging Flash player isn’t going to help. By leaving Flash out, the early reviewers are going to get results like Apple’s iPad (or better – the XOOM has a bigger battery).
However, the lack of Flash might improve the initial performance of Android tablets and at the same time still give most users access to Flash “soon!” A common criticism of Flash by Apple CEO Steve Jobs and his disciples is that Flash is slow, power hungry, unreliable and a security threat.
Adobe has made numerous improvements over the year in Flash’s performance (try it on a Motorola Atrix, which uses the same Tegra 2 processor as the Honeycomb Tablets – it blazes!). It has also come a long way from the original 10.1 Beta version that shipped with the Froyo update on the Nexus Ones.
Adobe also announced some pretty impresive number in the post today:
So Adobe may require additional time to optimize Flash for Android 3.0 on the Tegra 2. Hands on reviewers were impressed by the speed at which full screen Flash played on the handhelds. Perhaps we’ll see even better performance when the final version of Flash is ready for Honeycomb.