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Palm Details WebOS SDK, Cloud & Emulation Services

Gordon Kelly


Palm Details webOS SDK, Cloud & Emulation Services

If there's one thing about Firefox that ties its users to the browser it's the extensions and for better or worse, slowly but surely the same is becoming true of iPhone third party apps. So with webOS our great Apple battering hope this hasn't come a moment too soon...

24 hours after the launch of BlackBerry App World Palm has given away more details of its exciting webOS platform that will power not only the Pre but all future Palm models. Big news is Palm will expand its early access programme for the Palm Mojo SDK and also support numerous Cloud based services.

Regarding the SDK, developers will be able to integrate their apps into core webOS functionality such as linked contacts, layered calendars, multitasking, notifications and GPS capabilities. webOS applications will also run natively on the device meaning they don't depend on any server connection to run and can cache data locally.

Now given Palm webOS has standard web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript and CSS deeply integrated into the platform's architecture this should made development a doddle and don't forget, there's support for full multi-tasking.

Maintaining the Cloud's silver lining (apologies) will be a developer-facing offering called the 'Mojo Messaging Service'. An XMPP publish/subscribe service, it "exchanges information over the Internet so when new information is available, it is 'published' to the cloud and all interested parties who are subscribers are notified that new information is available. This will allow developers to push live content to their applications or services." Very swanky indeed.

Lastly, Palm has also teamed up with MotionApps to create an emulator for Palm OS applications to run on webOS devices. Called 'Classic' it will be available for purchase when the Pre launches sometime before the end of June and should soothe the furrowed brows of long-time Palm devotees with invaluable legacy apps.

It's all looking good, very good indeed - potential bankruptcy aside...


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April 2, 2009, 8:16 pm

Bring it on!


April 2, 2009, 8:50 pm

goodbye iphone! :D


April 2, 2009, 9:39 pm

@ Mo

The Pre will almost definitely not kill the iPhone - it may for us techies but for the general populace Apple just has too much of a stranglehold on the market through adverts/iTunes for the Pre to make a massive difference unless they spend a LOT of money on advertising, which I doubt they'll do.


April 2, 2009, 9:50 pm

I suspect the key difference will be the iPod functionality seen in the iPhone. Palm has said virtually nothing about the Pre's multimedia features and we haven't even see the UI, so customer priorities may split on that.


April 2, 2009, 11:02 pm

I don't think that iPod functionality is too high on many peoples lists anymore, most people I know who have bought a phone that cost more then &#16350 is happy to use it as their primary media player even if it only has the most basic of functionality. The only people I know who really seek out iPod's are those who have tied themselves into the ecosystem by buying music/video and now not being able to leave with their collection to another media player/phone intact.

I think interface in general is the most important aspect, including but not limited to the music/video players. And if Palm manages to pull that off with a music/video player that is easy to use then we have a good competitor although a bit of a niche market unless Palm really pushes for mass media outlets.

However personally I think Palm will probably go for the more audiophile end of the market in the media aspects of their phone as by and large their market will be a niche that wants the best of everything.


April 3, 2009, 12:12 am

Anybody know the expected UK release date please?


April 3, 2009, 12:27 am

@xenos - "first half of 2009" :(

It's really annoying that we've not been supplied a release date. The Pre needs to be released asap! The closer it gets to Apple's WWDC, the more likely people are to hold off on buying the Pre and wait to see what the shiny new iPhone has to offer (i'm ashamed to say i'm in this group and I REALLY want a Pre!)


April 3, 2009, 1:03 am

perhaps its a phone you have to hold and try to fully appreciate and when it comes out i will definitely will try it out, but at this moment in time the pre really hasn't caught my imagination


April 3, 2009, 1:13 am

All I know is, I'm waiting to upgrade to this...


April 3, 2009, 4:09 am

will be choosing from this and iphone v3. really wanted to go for android but looks like its stalled a bit.


April 3, 2009, 5:14 am

@ ravmania, you hit the nail right on the head! Where the hell are all the Android phones?


April 3, 2009, 4:51 pm

If Palm can stop from going belly up this Phone will find a market all be it small, but in no way is it any match for the power of Jobsey.

All You have to do is look at the size of the App Store and its not even 1 year old.

@Gnormie have you not seen the demo's of this device? It's primary focus is different forms of communication, its competitor will be the blackberry, and its Rims A$$ they are going after.

Palm will fail big Time if they go after apples cherry of strangled Media & 3rd Party App Drivin fun.


April 3, 2009, 5:32 pm

This is defo at the top of my list.

The new iPhone, could be a contender, their App Store is excellent, and the overall polish and attention to detail...still not sure about touch keyboards though, and the actual specs are a bit out of date.

The N97 is still the best spec wise with its massive 32Gb memory, high res screen and camera.

Android's phone are a bit 'meh'...OS has obvious potential, but so far the hardware sucks.


April 4, 2009, 4:29 pm

pre has the os but the look, sadly the first time i looked at it i wasn't drawn to it. moto v3 has the look but the os sucks, however it sells - if not moto's biggest sucess in recent years.


April 4, 2009, 7:01 pm

@xbrumster - it's all about the software. Motorola has yet to master it and just look at their financial problems...

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