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Advent pulls Flash from Vega tablet due to unoptimized code

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]

by MacNN Staff



  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Where's the "Advent is Wrong!" Choir?

    Singing their #1 hit "It can't be Flash - that's made by Adobe" ???

  1. chas_m




    HAHAHAHA (whew)

    I love how far this entire industry will go to deny that Steve Jobs and Apple are right about anything ... and then spend huge amounts of time and effort either re-wording what Apple said, or discovering the hard way that Jobs was right in the first place.

    Remember, this is a DUAL CORE Tegra chip that can't handle Flash properly -- generally acknowledged as more powerful than the A4 chip that runs the iDevices. Looks like Apple made a VERY smart choice in disabling Flash after all, particularly when it comes to their still-unequaled battery performance.

    At SOME point, Adobe is finally going to feel enough heat from non-Apple sources to genuinely overhaul Flash to make it leaner and meaner -- which will be a great day for every mobile-device user -- but sad to say Adobe's going to be doing a LOT of dancing and spinning until that can be made to happen -- probably just in time for it to finally be included on the iPhone 6.

  1. dimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Too late?

    I'd be surprised to see Adobe come up with a functional, usable Flash before the open web standards have made it irrelevant. The day in the sun is heading towards dusk for Flash.

    chas_m, another thing to ponder: if Apple had not flushed flash, would these other companies be able to come out and say it doesn't fit? It's almost as though Apple -- by taking the heat over this issue -- have made it easier for the smaller players to jump on the "Just Say No to Flash" bandwagon.

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I tested the Samsung Galaxy the other day at bestbuy. First thing I did was test out flash via youtube and sites with flash ad's. WAS HORRIBLE, totally unusable. My old iPhone 3G performed better once flash was involved. Its the only time I wanted to smash a demo device in a store for sucking so bad.

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