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Palm opens webOS SDK to everyone

updated 11:00 am EDT, Thu July 16, 2009

Palm Opens webOS SDK

Palm this morning acted on vows to expand webOS development and opened the Mojo SDK to any developer with a working e-mail address. The gesture gives anyone free access to writing apps for the Pre or future webOS smartphones and significantly expands the reach of the platform, which was previously limited to a closed beta with at most a few thousand developers.

Programmers for webOS have nearly all the same access as Palm itself and can produce apps that hook into the always-present notification bar or automatically pushing information to other parts of the operating system, such as scheduling a calendar event.

New apps are already in line to be posted to the App Catalog in the near future; regular app submissions will be accepted from the fall onwards.

The expansion is critical for Palm, which launched its store in beta form when the Pre shipped in June but has only had a few dozen apps available as a consequence of the tightly controlled beta process. Despite competing directly against Apple, Palm has as a result of its current program had far fewer apps for webOS than the iPhone, which just this week reached the 65,000 app mark after a year of availability.



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  1. Constable Odo

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    Joined: Aug 2007

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    In retaliation for Apple

    breaking Pre's ability to sync with iTunes. Palm will still have a ways to go before catching up to Apple's App Store in sheer numbers. I wonder if allowing everyone access to the SDK will decrease the quality of apps. This is an interesting move on Palm's part to flood the world with Pre apps.

  1. c4rlob

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    Joined: May 2009

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    Stand back!

    Palm is holding their breath and crossing their fingers big time. Palm's WebOS platform is flexible and fabulous in some ways, but it allows for too much clutter and is generally ugly. Just wait until the c*** starts hitting the fan without any sophisticated developers to balance it out.

  1. aristotles

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    Joined: Jul 2004

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    Javascript?

    They expect people to use Javascript and a lack of access to the processor and OpenGL graphics to compete with the iPhone OS?

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -2

    right....

    In retaliation for Apple...breaking Pre's ability to sync with iTunes.


    That's right. Palm was never going to do this, but now that iTunes syncing is broken, the gloves are off!

    I wonder if allowing everyone access to the SDK will decrease the quality of apps.

    Um, in case you didn't notice, the iPhone SDK is available to everyone. Yet everyone seems to think the mass numbers of apps is the big thing, not the 'quality'.

    Just wait until the c*** starts hitting the fan without any sophisticated developers to balance it out.

    "Sophisticated developers"? What is that supposed to mean? Somehow the iPhone has the upper-crust, and only the dregs would dare touch the Pre?

    Javascript? They expect people to use Javascript and a lack of access to the processor and OpenGL graphics to compete with the iPhone OS?

    Gee, when Apple "invented" Dashboard for OS X, everyone said it was the next big platform, using standard web and scripting technologies to build apps.

    And maybe you recall Apple telling developers two years ago "You can make apps. Web Apps! With the best mobile browser on the market!"

    So I guess Apple was being cautious, but Palm just doesn't get it...

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

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    please somebody

    release an application for our phone! People are getting tired of going to our app store and seeing the same 30 applications every single time.

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