updated 09:10 am EST, Thu December 31, 2009
Palm apps slowly catch up to rivals
Owners of the Palm Pre and Pixi discovered on Thursday that the Palm App Catalog is nearing the 1,000 app mark. As of the morning, the portal had 946 titles and is likely to cross 1,000 by or shortly after the smartphone creator's CES keynote. Some apps may also be unlisted as some apps are device-specific and may only work for the Pre or Pixi.
The achievement pales in comparison to those for other mobile app stores but is a significant leap from the roughly 30 apps that were available when the Pre and the App Catalog launched together in early June. In comparison, Google has touted over 16,000 Android apps while Apple counts over 100,000 iPhone apps and unofficially is reported as having as many as 140,000.
Development for Palm's webOS has been slow to start both because of severely limited access to the necessary Mojo SDK until the summer as well as the platform's dependence on web-related code and a lack of native support. The company is poised to reverse this last limit to some degree as the company has added OpenGL extensions in webOS and may support hardware-accelerated 3D apps as early as next week. [via MyPre]