Palm Opens WebOS Developer Program, Launches New Phones
Palm's WebOS developer program is now open to all developers interested in participating. The company also announced new phones and new carrier support.Palm has announced that its WebOS developer program is now open to all developers interested in participating. The company also announced new phones and new carrier support. At a press event at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 7, Palm officials said any developer can now go to the Palm Developer Center (http://developer.palm.com), sign up, and start developing and distributing applications for WebOS devices. Palm showcased its developer program and tools at CES and announced a $1 million developer Hot Apps bonus program for the Palm WebOS developer community.
"We're thrilled to open the doors of a program that offers mobile developers unparalleled freedom and choice in how they distribute and market applications," said Katie Mitic, senior vice president of product marketing at Palm, in a statement. "The combination of our highly accessible Web-based platform, groundbreaking integration opportunities and open, flexible distribution program makes Palm WebOS the best place for developers to create the next generation of innovative mobile applications."
- Distribution in the Palm App Catalog: A link to the Palm App Catalog is built into every Palm WebOS device. Applications distributed in the Palm App Catalog will be subject to review by Palm, and developers will pay a per-application fee of $50. Applications approved in this program will have immediate distribution to the most targeted application promotional channel on WebOS devices.
- Distribution on the Web: For developers who wish to promote their applications exclusively online, Palm will provide just the sales transaction and fulfillment service. Every app will receive a unique URL, allowing developers to freely promote their applications online and enabling customers to download and install the application directly from the cloud to their phone using Palm's unique over-the-air process. This distribution option offers a fast self-certification process as well as the ability for developers to control the distribution and promotion of their applications using the online marketing vehicles they already have and creating new ones as they see fit.
- The Palm WebOS Plug-in Development Kit (PDK) extends the Palm WebOS Software Development Kit (SDK) with a set of tools, documentation and APIs that let developers write plug-ins for their WebOS applications. With the PDK, developers can seamlessly integrate C and C++ code into their WebOS apps, enabling new functionality such as 3D games. At the CES event, Palm announced the availability of 3D games built by leading developers with early access to the PDK. A public beta version of the WebOS PDK is scheduled to be available to all developers in March.
- Project Ares, released as beta in December, is the first complete set of integrated mobile development tools hosted entirely in the browser. Featuring a drag-and-drop interface builder, a robust code editor, a visual debugger and built-in source control integration, Ares dramatically lowers the barriers for Web developers to jump into mobile development and makes building WebOS apps even easier and faster than before. Ares aims to enable the next-generation mobile developer workflow, letting developers move quickly and seamlessly from editing in a browser to debugging on a device and selling applications in Palm's App Catalog or on the Web.