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Motorola Xoom could ship without Flash support, suggests online flyer

An online flyer for the Motorola Xoom Honeycomb tablet suggests it might not feature Flash support when it first hits the shelves, with early adopters forced to wait for an update.

Excited about the Motorola Xoom? So are we -- we even managed to ignore the new tablet's frankly ludicrous name and cranked our excitement-ometer up to 'high'. But some small print on an online flyer now suggests the Xoom isn't going to ship with Flash support. Which would be a bit rubbish -- it's the main thing that sets it apart from the iPad.

The Verizon flyer -- spotted by a keen-eyed Engadget reader -- explains in no uncertain terms why you really should own a Xoom. It's the first tablet to be running Android 3.0 -- Honeycomb to its mates, which is Google's stab at a tablet-specific mobile operating system. It also has a 1GHz dual-core processor and a great big 10.1-inch display.

But as you can see in the image above, there's a guilty asterisk by the "Flash-enabled for video-rich Web" bulletpoint. Perform a little 'Xoom-and-enhance' on the small print and you'll see it states, "Adobe Flash expected spring 2011."

The Xoom is available on Verizon in the US on 24 February, so those who acquire a Xoom on launch day could have a few weeks to wait before Flash support appears. The delay could be because the latest version of Flash isn't optimised for Honeycomb.

We'll have to wait and see whether there's a delay when the Xoom hits the UK, and whether this affects other Honeycomb tablets...