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Palm Releases Updated webOS SDK

Palm webos sdk Palm Inc. has released an updated version of their software development kit for the webOS platform. Release v1.4 coincides with the recent OS update and brings a number of changes and makes some new functionality available to developers.

Some of the highlights of the release include:

  • webOS now incorporates WebKit 4, which features enhanced CSS support and numerous other improvements.
  • The webOS implementation of the HTML 5 Media API has been updated, bringing closer conformance to the specification, and improvements to audio performance.
  • The Camera API has been extended to let an application initiate video capture, in addition to image capture.
  • The V8 JavaScript engine used in webOS has been updated.

The full release notes and additional details can be found on Palm's Developer Center.

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where's the mistake?

zuhmir @ 3/3/2010 1:22:35 PM # Q
It seems to me that palm is doing everything right this time around. they actually release quality software updates on time, they have an interface that makes it super easy to program software... but why are they failing again?
RE: where's the mistake?
SeldomVisitor @ 3/3/2010 1:35:49 PM # Q
They are failing because no one (in quantity) is buying their current two phones - neither end consumer nor followon sell-in to carriers.

Perhaps their software is really really good - they apparently need to get it on hardware that appeals to end consumers in person. Note that this latter thought means that no amount of advertising can help the current situation - when a consumer is confronted with the existing phones they say "Got something else?".

RE: where's the mistake?
Gekko @ 3/3/2010 2:55:36 PM # Q
RE: where's the mistake?
e_tellurian @ 3/3/2010 4:56:11 PM # M Q
Weak economy. Where people would have two devices. One for business and one for personal people can only afford one device. We need more innovative interaction that will create revenue so people can afford more choices. People need to make money to write off business expenses. Corporation need to spend more as they can write off the growth. A corporation can write off business expenses that enhance areas such as enhanced customer service.

E-T

RE: where's the mistake?
abosco @ 3/3/2010 5:32:54 PM # M Q
BS. Apple and RIM are doing fine. Palm's problem is simple - they came out with a platform 2 years late with not nearly enough advantages to convince people to switch. Palm fooling around with M&A for more than a decade has come back to bite them in the ass. USR, 3COM, HandSpring, PalmSource, Pa1m0ne, Elevation Partners, reverse stock splits, gold threaded suits... the list goes on and on.

What's more amazing is how a small amount of solid products kept this company afloat for so long.

RE: where's the mistake?
e_tellurian @ 3/3/2010 5:41:48 PM # M Q
A strong economy offers more choices and enhances customer service. Palm is doing well considering the circumstances.

E-T

RE: where's the mistake?
LiveFaith @ 3/3/2010 6:17:42 PM # Q
Abosco,

That post should be the content under the title "Palm Inc." in Wikipedia. Just about perfect.
Pat Horne

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