Government // Enterprise Architecture
News
4/2/2009
09:31 AM
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Web 2.0 Expo: Palm Opens Developer Program, Slightly

The Palm Pre platform, WebOS, will work with a cloud service the company is developing, called Mojo Messaging Service.

At the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, mobile phone maker Palm expanded access to its developer program for WebOS, the mobile operating system for its forthcoming Palm Pre.


Palm Pre smartphone

Palm Pre smartphone
(click for larger image)

Michael Abbott, senior VP of applications, software, and services at Palm, made the announcement, noting that he had chosen to deliver the news among Web developers rather than at the CTIA Wireless 2009 conference, which began on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

During his brief presentation, Abbot mentioned a few of the innovative features in Palm's WebOS, including its use of a card metaphor to make multitasking easier and the Palm Synergy feature, which provides a unified view of information such as contact data that is shared across applications.

The developer program expansion stopped short of a public release of the Mojo software development kit; interested developers must apply online through Palm's developer site.

Abbot also said that Palm is developing a cloud service that it's calling the Mojo Messaging Service, which will allow developers to create interactions between WebOS device users and their applications.

The Mojo Messaging Service uses the XMPP protocol to allow message publishing and subscription. Its feature set initially will be limited, but Palm expects to add features over time.

Apple's forthcoming iPhone 3.0 software will include a similar push notification system.

Palm is also developing a Palm OS emulator that will allow most Palm OS applications to function on devices running its new WebOS. Palm said that the application will be called "Classic" and will be available from Sprint in the first half of 2009.

To the disappointment of many, Abbot didn't provide information about pricing or a specific release date for the Pre.


InformationWeek has published an in-depth report on rich Internet applications. Download the report here (registration required).

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Tech Digest, Dec. 9, 2014
Apps will make or break the tablet as a work device, but don't shortchange critical factors related to hardware, security, peripherals, and integration.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of December 14, 2014. Be here for the show and for the incredible Friday Afternoon Conversation that runs beside the program.
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.