Palm Rejects NaNplayer from the App Catalog
Oh, the angst. Last week we previewed NaNapps' sharp-looking webOS music player, NaNplayer, which promises a lot of great features currently unavailable in the stock Palm Music application. Unfortunately for the developer, Blubble, it seems Palm aren't quite ready to accept it into the App Catalog yet: the app has been rejected for the time being, owing to its use of the undocumented webOS file indexing API - despite the fact that Palm's own app uses exactly the same API.
Before we grab the pitchforks and flaming torches and descend upon Sunnyvale, however, it should be noted that there are technical consequences that arise from the use of undocumented APIs. For instance, it's logical to assume that being undocumented means that the API has not been fully developed and is still subject to change, potentially breaking NaNplayer with any future updates and leading to unhappy customers. That said: this is not great PR for Palm and their fledgling App Catalog, which is in dire need of stocking up and has until now been getting the benefit of the doubt in comparison to another certain fruit-named company's draconian policies.
PalmInfocenter has contacted Palm seeking further clarification of their App Catalog policies, and their intentions regarding the eventual documentation and use of the API. We'll publish any response should we receive one.
Update: Palm has commented on the reasons behind the initial rejection.