Not all the news these days surrounds CTIA. San Francisco's Web 2.0 Expo unveiled some Palm Pre joy for app developers yesterday.
Palm announced the webOS Early Access Program, which lets developers access its software developers? kit (awesomely named Mojo). Previously, it was only for a select set of partners. Now, interested developers can apply at the Palm Developer Network website (here).
Availability will be limited at first and then opened up later this year. Even so, this is still a great development. Any signs that Palm is getting more developers (and therefore, more apps) on board can only help give Pre a better footing. What would give it a great boost, though, is to actually get released.
At this point, I?m a little worried that Palm is lingering too long, squandering the lavish praise that its handset and OS enjoyed initially. And there's still no firm date for release, aside from the rumored April 30 launch date. (It would be nice to actually see this phone before my grandkids have to show me how to use it.)
In addition to the SDK news, Palm also announced plans to integrate cloud services into its webOS platform, and revealed that, thanks to an application from MotionApps, legacy Palm OS programs will be able to run on webOS. That's pretty cool. I do miss some of the apps from my old Palm LifeDrive.
As for a Pre showing at CTIA, Noah got an upclose look at some apps that have been developed so far. Pop over here for a look at what's to come? well, at least someday.