Ina Fried has it exactly backwards while musing about the end of mobile Flash for Android tablets:
With tablets, though, Flash compatibility (poor performance notwithstanding) had been a key selling point for those looking to take on the iPad. It was a major component in ads from Toshiba, Research In Motion, Motorola and others looking to grab a piece of the tablet market.
-All Things D, November 9, 2011
The key mistake here is mistaking a "key" selling point with an attractive, useful or successful selling point. Android tablet makers assumed Flash compatibility would be their big point of differentiation from the iPad. They were wrong. Back to the drawing board is a good move in this case.
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