HP webOS 3 gets in-app purchasing and submissions
HP helped build up to the launch of the TouchPad by adding heavily requested support for in-app purchasing. Much like Android and iOS, webOS 3.0 apps will have the option of extra content. Developers who have a registered account can start adding code immediately and will get the option of an in-app review in about two weeks, supporting notions that the TouchPad is due to ship in a similar timeframe.
HP TouchPad, webOS 3 to run legacy apps
HP developer Ben Combee promised late Thursday that the TouchPad would run older webOS apps. The tablet and any other webOS 3.0 devices would run apps built in the old Mojo kit as-is, with an onscreen gesture space to make up for a small app running on the much larger screen. They won't scale up, however.
WebOS Classic and Sync
Palm today took aggressive steps to expand support for the webOS by adding legacy support, Internet sync, a larger developer program and new third-party apps it says showcase the new mobile platform. The company has revealed that outside firm MotionApps has developed a utility known as Classic that emulates support for PalmOS software. Like its rough equivalent in Apple's Mac OS X, it creates a virtual environment that works with "most" apps; the change to a full touchscreen OS requires that MotionApps put in simulated buttons. It should launch at the same time as the Pre, which should ship to Sprint in late spring.