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Palm readying game framework for webOS

updated 08:30 am EDT, Mon July 20, 2009

Palm Hiring Game Engineer

Palm has provided a clue as to its long-term plans for native apps through a job listing unearthed today. The smartphone developer is looking for a Game Frameworks Engineer for webOS that would be familiar with hardware 3D acceleration, including modern graphics technology like programmable pixel shaders for advanced effects. Currently, webOS only supports its namesake web code and, while it has certain direct access to the hardware, has been limited to visually simple apps as a result.

The discovery partly corroborates statements made to Electronista by Palm representatives at CTIA. While they didn't provide details, they stressed that the limitations of webOS weren't set in stone and that native code is entirely possible in the long term.

An absence of truly native, game-capable code has been considered a limit on the success of the Pre, which has continued to sell modestly well but compared to the iPhone has been hampered by the absence of apps and games in particular, which make up one of the larger categories in the App Store. It recently opened its SDK to all developers in a bid to swell its software catalog. [via PreCentral]

By Electronista Staff


  1. jarod

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    Get real


  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    Me too,me too, me too...

    If Apple can do it, we can do it better. Don't think some computer company is going to just walk in and take over the cellphone industry.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: Me too

    Your right. But since Palm was in the business before Apple, wasn't Apple coming out with a phone a "me too, me too" event? Or doesn't that count?

    Oh, of course it doesn't count. It's Apple. They changed the world. Anything anyone else does is just following in their wake...

  1. WiseWeasel

    Junior Member

    Joined: Apr 1999



    Translation: Don't get too attached to our current Javascript/HTML-based SDK, a native C/Cplusplus (stupid MacNN posting code parsing doesn't allow two plus signs) SDK is coming out within the year. This is like the Android SDK all over again. I guess if you're just making a web-based app, then you're probably not really affected, but for anyone who cares about performance, the current SDK will soon be forgotten.

  1. LouZer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2000


    Re: SDK

    Hey, at least they know that. iPhone developers were told apps would be Web-based, get used to it! Then a year later they're told "s**** web apps! We've got a new SDK!"

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