Handspring Releases Developer Kit for Treo 600

Handspring today released preliminary software development tools to help developers optimize software for the Treo 600. Handspring also reaffirmed that expects to deliver Treo 600 this fall worldwide. The free software developer kit enables Palm OS developers to design both new and existing applications for Treo 600's unique feature set.

The software developer kit enables developers to design for the Treo 600's unique feature set, including advanced telephony and messaging capabilities, an integrated QWERTY keyboard, a five-way navigation system, a Palm OS 5 software foundation, an SD/IO expansion slot, a built-in camera, and enhanced speaker and system sounds.

The preliminary developer kit contains detailed technical information for the Treo 600 including application programming interfaces; libraries for telephony, data communications, imaging, and audio control; specifications for system extensions, electrical interfaces and mechanical design; and a Treo 600 style guide.

Handspring today also introduced Treo Optimized guidelines through which developers can ensure the highest level of compatibility and ease of use for solutions running on Treo 600 or any other wireless member of the Treo family. This self-administered program is designed to deliver the best possible customer experience for third-party solutions. Treo Optimized solutions receive additional sales support prioritization through Handspring's and its carrier partners' online and retail channels. A number of development partners have already optimized their Palm OS applications for the Treo 600 series in a matter of days, ensuring an improved customer experience in typical smartphone usage scenarios.

The free developer kit and Treo Optimized guideline information are available at www.handspring.com/developers.

"A significant part of delivering the best possible smartphone to customers is enabling third-party solutions to run seamlessly on Treo," said Calin Pacurariu, director of developer solutions for Handspring, Inc. "We anticipate some of the most exciting things people can do with Treo will come from our solution partners. Providing these tools now will help ensure timely delivery of applications when the product becomes available this fall."

Wireless Application Downloads
A major component of the new Treo 600 series smartphone is its native ability to allow direct purchase and download of media files, applications, and updates over the air on wireless data networks. This capability opens up a significant new sales channel for thousands of existing Palm OS applications and developers while providing a broad base of robust applications for Treo customers and carrier partners alike.

Flexible and extensible support for direct downloads to Treo 600 series utilizes standard Palm OS 5 interfaces allowing developers to quickly optimize their applications for over the air delivery. The open standards based browser platform on the Treo 600 enables the secure transaction and download capability that is required for successful commercial deployment of online storefronts by Handspring carrier, distributor and developer partners with minimal modification to existing systems.

"The native secure transaction and download capabilities of the Treo 600 series combines the rich applications base of the Palm OS with a direct ability to purchase and download a particular application whenever you are connected to a wireless data network" said Pacurariu "No matter where you' are, you'll be able to access the latest software update from your service provider, buy a new application for your smartphone, or make a secure transaction from an online store.

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Developer Tools

Quickster @ 7/22/2003 11:43:47 AM #
Not sure where Handspring is hiding the Treo 600 tools but they are not listed at the developer's site.

Maybe later, some time real soon now, tomorrow.

RE: Developer Tools
bcombee @ 7/22/2003 12:15:28 PM #
I just checked, and I was able to download the full set of Treo 600 tools, including headers, developer guide, and simulators fro their site. It does require registering with their developer program, but you get instant access after filling out their form.

Ben Combee, CodeWarrior for Palm OS technical lead
Programming help at www.palmoswerks.com
RE: Developer Tools
zampheer @ 7/22/2003 12:28:30 PM #
You need to log in as a Handspring registered developer at:

RE: Developer Tools
Quickster @ 7/22/2003 4:05:49 PM #
Thanks folks. Forgot the basics of doing the right thing at the right time.

I hope developers respond this time

The Ugly Truth @ 7/27/2003 6:17:55 PM #
At least we're just dealing with tweaking apps for the most part, so the Treo 600 shouldn't end up like it's PQA-impaired poor cousin Palm VII.

Having seen the Treo 600, I can vouch that it has the potential to be a huge success. Handspring really did a good job with it. In terms of PDA design, it ranks with the original Pilots and the V series in its overall execution. I just hope Sprint doesn't try to gouge everyone with its contracts.



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