Feeds

Palm Pre developers told to read a book

No SDK for WebOS until the end of summer

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

Developers chomping at the bit to get their applications onto the Palm Pre are going to have to wait a little longer, as the Mojo SDK necessary won't be around until the end of the summer at best.

While launching an SDK three months after the device might compare well with Apple's iPhone (which only managed an SDK a year after launch), it should be remembered that the iPhone wasn't supposed to have an SDK at all: everything was intended to run in unextended AJAX. The Pre can already run basic AJAX content, but supports an extended AJAX API to allow much greater functionality - or it will once the SDK is launched.

Not that the lack of SDK has prevented 700,000 downloads from the Pre Application Store. This is all the more remarkable once one realises there are only thirty apps available. Unfortunately for Palm, that doesn't translate into revenue - all the apps are free for the moment - but it does show that application downloading is now firmly part of the smartphone experience, and expectation.

Palm Application Sales

Data compiled by the nice chaps at Medialets

The applications that are available have been developed by those with early access to the Mojo SDK, and are thus able to create and sign applications for distribution. Palm says they'll be expanding that early-access program, but everyone else is recommended to take a long summer on the beach and catch up on "the Rough Cuts edition of Mitch Allen’s upcoming book and the sites run by our great community of enthusiasts", ahead of a furious Autumn spent creating some applications. ®

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530
Say it with us: I'm King of the Landfill-ill-ill-ill
All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on
Radio professor tells us how wireless will get faster in the real world
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Deadline for comments on net neutrality shake-up extended to Friday
Oh girl, you jus' didn't: Level 3 slaps Verizon in Netflix throttle blowup
Just hook us up to more 10Gbps ports, backbone biz yells in tit-for-tat spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.