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Palm Begins Paid App Catalog Submissions

WebOS app developers who don't wish to remain homeless their entire lives, listen up!

Palm has finally announced that starting today developers who wish to charge for their Palm webOS applications can begin submitting them for consideration in the Palm App Catalog e-commerce beta programme. This will begin in mid-September.

Palm sweetens things further by emphasizing both free and paid submissions will be featured in the Palm Catalog ahead of the next wave. They will also "be among the first to be paid for purchases of their Palm webOS applications."

"We're rolling out the submission process and e-commerce capabilities of the Palm App Catalog with careful consideration for both the developer and customer," said Palm product marketing senior VP Katie Mitic. "We want every part of the Palm webOS experience to be the best, and a strong e-commerce model is key to a thriving developer community, great apps and an excellent customer experience."

Well, err… yeah, that's the idea.

A quick refresh: developers get a 70/30 split of gross revenues, purchases are made via Visa and MasterCard. Further details will be "provided in the coming weeks. Palm expects to launch the full developer program in the United States this fall."

That's your lot. Time to get creative…


Palm Developer Blog

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August 19, 2009, 3:00 pm

Just trying to draw the editors attention to the fact that in Firefox 3.5 with adblock plus that there is a space two items down on the latest news (as in it is further down the page than it should be). I am assuming this is an ad and personally, whilst I understand the site needs advertising, this is a step too far since this actually interferes with the sites usefulness, since when I load the page I can just see the title of the first news article. If the site is to interest someone so they don't navigate away from the page, surely it should be designed with the main reason people come here as its number 1 priority, which is to read both news and reviews, with ads being down the side. Personally it has been infuriating since I load this page two or three times a day and therefore usually don't even have to scroll.


August 19, 2009, 3:36 pm

@Andrew: I totally agree, I've a feeling TR are really starting to push the adverts too much on this site now, a shame really. Like you say, I do understand TR need to make some money from advertisement, but it's starting to get to a stage were this site should implement an epilepsy warning before entering. Google have managed all these years to implement advertsiement in there search engine without going over the top, that's why Google is bigger than Yahoo.

As an example, just this page I'm looking at now while submitting this comment,.

Top -> MSI Wind Advert

Left & Right & Bottom -> TR Shopping (how many do you need)

Right -> Euro Tunnel

Top Middle -> Misco

Apart from them been annoying, it's also eating my CPU, 10% CPU is way too much just to view a web page. And like you point out, any new potential visitors could be put off, I know I've often closed pages when it's just full of adverts.


August 19, 2009, 3:47 pm

I'm glad it's not just me who finds this new bit of advertising in the news section so annoying. As Andrew said, I completely understand that sites 'need' advertising but when it interferes this much with the end-user experience, i think it's gone too far. Please remove it!


August 19, 2009, 4:24 pm

Agreed. And there was me thinking the CSS was knackered on the page.

Andy Vandervell

August 19, 2009, 4:42 pm

Thanks for all feedback, rest assured it has been passed on with fervour.


August 19, 2009, 9:10 pm

As Andy said, with FERVOUR ;)

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