Palm Details webOS SDK, Cloud & Emulation Services

As positive as the company's finances are bleak.

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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