Thursday, March 17, 2011

Flash On A Tablet

Tomorrow sees the 'official' launch of Flash Player on the Motorola Xoom and brings a substantial challenge to the dominance of the iPad in the tablet market. The ability to run Flash video all of a sudden opens up the eighty per cent or so of video content that cannot be viewed on an iPad.

It also means that Adobe has finally got its act together and managed to get its bloated runtime to work on vapid mobile devices (although it has taken two Tegra 2 chips to achieve this on the Xoom).

As stats out today from the BBC indicate, tablets are fast becoming a mainstream video consumption platform. Indeed, I've replaced my second TV with the iPad.

The rise of tablets is also likely to accelerate the decline of scheduled and EPG based content, even though these paradigms are used by the BBC in its iPad UI.