Palm Launches Alpha of New Development Platform: Ares
Palm releases its new mobile development platform, known as Ares, to testing.Palm has released its new mobile development platform, known as Ares, to testing. First previewed at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco in November, Palm's Ares is a Web-based development platform for Palm WebOS applications.
According to reports about the demonstration Palm made of Ares at the Open Mobile Summit, Ares features a drag-and-drop interface through which applications can be created.
"We're asking for people willing to spend some and energy really trying to help us finish it and give it some polish. I don't have enough spots for all of you (yet), but if you are interested in working with our Ares tools and giving us feedback, please drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know. I'll add developers in a FIFO basis as I have spots available."Despite these developer-friendly moves, Palm still faces stiff competition for developer mindshare in the mobile space. Not only is there the Apple iPhone, Google Android and Research In Motion BlackBerry among its competitors, but Samsung's recently announced Bada mobile development platform presents a new competitive option. Samsung announced the launch of its own open mobile platform, Samsung Bada, in December. The company released its new addition to its mobile ecosystem to developers on Dec. 8 in the form of the Bada Software Development Kit (SDK). Bada enables developers to create applications for millions of new Samsung mobile phones, and consumers to enjoy a fun and diverse mobile experience, Samsung officials said.