When Motorola released Xoom in February, Apple was yet to come up with its iPad 2 which finally hit the market on 11 March and instantly turned out to be a huge success with Apple selling 500,000 to 100,000 units of iPad 2 in the first week following the release.
Initially, Xoom was thought to be a potential threat for iPad, but after the raving success of iPad 2 it is clear that Xoom could not have any impact on Apple and its dominance in the tablet PC market.
Apple iPad 2 and Xoom are almost similar as far as hardware features are concerned. To some extent, iPad 2 could have some advantages over Xoom, if you consider its smart cover and highly rich app store featuring various applications for variety of tasks.
Well, there were two areas where Xoom had upper hand and these are Adobe Flash support and SD card slot. Apple does not support flash and so iPad 2 users can not enjoy flash-supported video and animation. Moreover, the company also does not allow its iPad 2 users to enhance the storage of the device as there is no memory card slot available with iPad 2.
Fortunately, Xoom supports Flash and features a SD card slot, but then unfortunately, none of the two have been active so far. Now, Adobe has just released the beta version of Flash 10.2 with a view to facilitating Android users to enjoy high quality video.
For example, Xoom users can now download Flash 10.2 from Android Marketplace and install on their devices featuring Android 2.2, 2.3 and 3.0.
So, it seems that Motorola can now start to exploit the tablet PC market with the recent Flash 10.2 updates. Flash support is very important today because there are many websites that require Flash support to show their video and animation built on Flash.
Overall, Android-based tablets can now make the competition tougher with the likes of iPad 2.