updated 06:50 pm EST, Tue December 14, 2010
Advent Vega Flash yanked without Adobe deal
Advent later on Monday said (PDF) it would pull support for Flash 10.1 from its Vega tablet until early 2011. The decision was made as Flash did "not exhibit the optimal performance" of NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 chip with some Flash sites. Adobe hadn't certified Flash for the Android tablet and needed to optimize it for the Tegra 2 first, Advent said.
New production runs of the Vega will ship without Flash preloaded. It's unlikely Flash will be removed without a firmware update, but the company won't give help for trouble with Flash.
The withdrawal won't have a major impact on tablets as a whole, since most sales have been limited to the UK, but may be a setback for Android tablets as a whole. The schedule may prevent companies from releasing tablets with Flash at the very start of next year and may also hinge on Adobe's ability to support Android 3.0, which uses the Tegra 2 as its reference chip.
Flash on tablets as a whole has so far had difficulty getting adoption. In addition to delays for the faster chip, it has poor performance on the Galaxy Tab. RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook will be based on Flash but won't ship until sometime in winter of next year, and Apple has so far refused to use Flash at all on the iPad, citing among them slow development and performance problems. [via SlashGear]