Comments on: Last Call For webOS Development Early Access

This one just landed in PalmInfocenter's inbox: Palm are putting out a final call for submissions to their App Catalog Early Access Program, in order to help with "final scalability testing" before the process opens up to the general public in December.

Palm are dangling a number of tasty-looking carrots for interested developers here, including:

  • An assigned account manger to expedite feedback for any technical or program issues and manage your application through the review process
  • We will waive all program and application fees. Only requirement is a $5 fee to verify your PayPal account, currently used for payments to developers.
  • Maximize your application's visibility and be considered for inclusion in Palm's marketing activities.

Interested developers should hit up Palm's e-commerce beta application page, or send an email to The full email is reposted after the break.

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last call

Gekko @ 11/12/2009 9:04:58 PM # Q

"Come develop for Palm! Where it's dead simple to make an app that a very small percentage of the population will ever use! Remember, fewer users means less bug reports for you to deal with!"

last call for alcohol

RE: last call
CFreymarc @ 11/13/2009 10:43:06 AM # Q
Could not say it better. I'm sure there are plenty of students and other newbies going to for this. Has anyone seen a documented ROI analysis of the Pre third party software market?
They DID have lots of 3rd party developers!
Jayy @ 11/13/2009 9:42:47 PM # M Q
If I had developed for Palm for years then they go make a new OS that's completely NOT backward compliance... I'll be damn if I were to ever waste time on them again!
RE: last call
CFreymarc @ 11/14/2009 4:36:26 AM # Q
That is pretty much it. Some estimate that Palm lost something like 80% of its developer community by cold dropping the old OS. They are betting on new or established web developers to take place. We shall see.

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what ever happen to...?

jnuneznj @ 11/13/2009 4:04:13 PM # Q
Wonder if normsoft has registered? To me Palm needs to target those type of PalmOS developers.
RE: what ever happen to...?
gmayhak @ 11/13/2009 6:07:28 PM # Q
You can find them here...

Tech Center Labs

RE: what ever happen to...?
Tim Carroll @ 11/13/2009 10:14:44 PM # Q
^^ Although you won't find a full-fledged iPhone version of Pocket Tunes, because Apple's draconian policies won't allow anyone to compete with their own apps. Makes you wonder what they're afraid of.

jnuneznj: I've been keeping in touch with Normsoft, because I'd love to see them on webOS too. They're remaining tight-lipped. Last time I checked in in September, their response was:

"As a policy, we don't pre-announce or talk about products that we may be working on."

So you could read into that pretty much anything you like. Personally, I'd like to believe a webOS version of Pocket Tunes is coming, 'cause I love Pocket Tunes.

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Most number of downloads for a paid WebOS application is...

SeldomVisitor @ 11/21/2009 3:36:29 AM # Q
...around 5000, and that includes updates (if that application has been updated).

See the Precentral article:

or, better yet, do what Precentral did and install a patch ona Pre and get your own statistics.

The comments to the article from actual paid-application developers confirm the article's theme, if not its actual values (the comments say "the article overstates the ACTUAL number of original downloads since (free)updates were counted by it, too").

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