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ViewSonic blames gTablet recall on poor Flash, rough UI

updated 07:40 am EST, Tue December 21, 2010

ViewSonic gTablet recall prompted by Flash and UI

ViewSonic late Monday explained that the sudden recall of the gTablet was owed to a combination of unfinished software from Adobe and itself. The company has been affected by the same lack of Flash optimization for the Tegra 2 chip and won't have an official option for Flash 10 until late January, when Adobe hopes to have a faster version. Users who still feel they need Flash can download it separately, the company said.

Americans General Manager Jeff Volpe also acknowledged that the custom Tap 'n Tap UI layer on top of Android had been rushed. There were "several issues" with the interface, he said, including slow performance. An update will be available over Wi-Fi by Christmas Eve and will even let users drop the custom UI entirely in favor of a more stock Android 2.2 interface.

The tablet newcomer reiterated that it was committed to tablets and had more to show at CES in early January.

Most every tablet launched so far using a combination of Android and NVIDIA's Tegra 2 has had at least some problems. Advent has had the least trouble and pulled Flash without affecting sales or the rest of the experience, but the Toshiba Folio 100 was pulled from British stores after poor overall quality led to a high number of returns. A fully optimized experience with both the Honeycomb version of Android and a full speed version of Flash might not be ready until February, leaving many of the early Android tablets without full support for the next few months. Apple has routinely avoided Flash on the iPad in part because of the lack of optimization and relative performance.

The Tegra 2 itself isn't necessarily the issue and is believed to be the reference processor for all Honeycomb tablets.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Parky

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Steve was right!

    It is clear that Steve was 100% right when he opted to not allow Flash on iPhone and iPads.
    Look at all the issues with other devices, and this is nearly a year after the ipad was announced.

  1. Lebensmuede

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Two words

    Flash sucks!

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Dodging the bullets!

    Steve and the boys and girls at Apple have dodged not one but two bullets. They have wisely avoided Flash but they have also dodged another bullet from nVidia, those wonderful purveyors of bad silicon. After the debacle a few years ago, I'm surprised that Apple still uses any nVidiot products not to mention the quagmire that exists between Intel and nVidia that Apple are still stuck in the middle of.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That's why it's hard to trust the Droidtards

    when they're boasting about how great Flash is on their smartphones and such. They claim it's such a wonderful experience to use Flash and say that Steve is an arrogant idiot for preventing iOS devices to use Flash. If the almighty Tegra2 chip is having problems running Flash then Flash is definitely not ready for prime time on hand-held mobile devices.

    It appears that Apple is going to provide that iAd development kit for advertisers as an alternative for Flash. I hope its useful enough to slow Flash development down a notch.

    It's plain to see that these companies are just rushing their tablet devices to market as quickly as possible and many companies are going to pay for their haste with consumer returns. They all think that faster hardware alone is the key to beating Apple's iPad.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Steve was right.


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