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Palm mimics iPhone App Store

updated 08:25 am EST, Tue December 16, 2008

Palm Software Store

Palm late yesterday signaled the surprise launch of the Palm Software Store, its own take on OS-native stores such as Apple's App Store and Google's Android Market. The store is divided into familiar categories for entertainment and productivity apps but is uniquely cross-platform; a similar interface is available both for Palm OS devices such as the Centro as well as the company's Windows Mobile-based Treo models. Free apps are given their own section independent of category.

The launch is also atypical in the use of third-party firm PocketGear to manage the store instead of complete operation by Palm. Allowing the outside company to run the service, however, is said to have helped the company offer over 5,000 apps on launch from approximately 1,500 developers. About 1,000 of those are free, Palm says.

Apple's own store offers over 10,000 apps but is helped by having launched five months earlier.

Questions have nonetheless been raised regarding the ability to attract further development. MobileCrunch notes that Palm is sharing the concept of a flat royalty sharing model with the iPhone-oriented store but, unlike Apple, is taking a larger 50 percent cut of revenue versus just 30 percent for iPhone apps. Palm's revenue is split between itself and PocketGear.

The launch of a software store is particularly important for Palm, which has struggled to hold on to market share in the US in the face of competition with Apple and Research in Motion and thus has garnered less support for its own choices of operating systems. The company is widely expected to launch its new Linux-based OS and a matching smartphone at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in January.

By Electronista Staff


  1. mullum

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2007



    "The company is ... expected to launch its new ... smartphone at this year's ... show in January."

    You mean next years show right ?

    Amazes me that people still use Palms (I still have a Lifedrive, mental reminder to ebay it). Amazes me too that Palm are still in business and trying to compete.

  1. Constable Odo

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    Joined: Aug 2007


    Palm dying? No way...

    I still read about Palm users who swear that their three year old Palm devices are far more useful than the iPhone will ever be, due to open-ness of the Palm platform. The Palm has more games, utilities, and whatnot. In two months I expect to see that Palm Store have 20,000 apps for download with half of them for free. Palm dying? Impossible. It's the world's finest mobile platform waiting to return to it's former glory as soon as it builds it's amazing iPhone killer. Haha. That's what any Palm-d*** will tell you if you lend an ear for a minute or two.

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