Bring Us Your Apps, and Sell Them, Too

28 BY devrel

Submit your webOS applications today for the Palm App Catalog e-commerce beta starting in mid-September

Starting today, you can submit your apps via email for consideration in the Palm App Catalog e-commerce beta program.

We’re initiating the beta e-commerce program so we can test the experience for both webOS app developers and users. This is an opportunity for you to submit your app and to market it to the webOS user base before we open the program to all developers later in the year.

All developers can submit both free and paid applications today for evaluation by Palm. Details of the program are the following:

  • You can charge a one-time fee for the download of your application.
  • Initially, the user base for e-commerce will be limited to the United States.
  • Developers will receive 70 percent of revenues generated through application sales (less applicable sales taxes).
  • webOS users will pay for their application purchases using credit cards and will download apps directly to their webOS device.

Acceptance Criteria

Palm will accept apps into the beta test program based on the following criteria:

  • Apps should be useful and engaging to users.
  • They need to have an appealing design and user interface aligned with Palm UI guidelines.
  • They are written specifically for webOS and not delivered through the browser.
  • They leverage webOS platform and device capabilities, for example, notifications, multitasking/background processing, location services, accelerometer.
  • They have acceptable performance and response time on the device; apps with slow UI response or sluggish performance will be rejected. Applications that consume excessive power on the device will also be rejected.

How To Submit Apps

Follow these instructions to submit your webOS apps for evaluation to become part of the Palm App Catalog e-commerce beta program:

  • Send an email to catalog.ecommerce.beta@palm.com. In the subject of your email put your company followed by the name of your application (e.g. subject: My Company – My Application).
  • In the body of your email, include the following:
    • Your Palm webOSDev user name.
    • Whether the app will be free or paid; if paid, indicate the price (minimum of US $0.99).
    • A description of your application.
  • Attach the application package (.ipk file). If you’re going to send us a set of files in .ZIP format, please note that our firewall will delete the attachment unless you rename the file to use “.plmo.zip” as the attachment’s suffix.
  • Send a separate email for each application.

Submission Guidelines

If your application is selected for the beta e-commerce test, Palm will notify you via email and provide additional instructions.

Follow webOSdev for more information as soon as it is released!

Introducing the webOS Game Developer Cafe

1 BY devrel

Game developers: Now’s your chance to help Palm shape the future of mobile device game development on the webOS platform. Visit our latest developer forum, the webOS Game Developer Café, and tell us and the rest of the community about your webOS game development efforts.

You should also read the article just posted to webOSdev about game development on the webOS platform. It provides a general statement about how webOS technologies currently support game development.

What’s new at webOSdev

0 BY devrel

Starting this week, we’re going to post regular updates to help you find the new information and interesting activities on the webOSdev developer portal. This week we’re encouraging everyone to get involved with preDevCamp on August 8 and to come and join the activities in the webOSdev developer forums. Go check out webOSdev, and don’t hesitate to come back here and tell us what more you need. We’ll do the best we can to oblige.

Developer Corner: While we’re talking about the new new thing, we thought we’d point you at Palm developer Geniutec, who’s just launched a new version of MobiOne. The new version includes a cool Palm Pre emulator–run your web apps through the emulator so you can optimize them for webOS and the Palm Pre. The new version of MobiOne supports Palm’s vision for webOS development: Using your existing web technology skills (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript), you can have an app up and running on webOS quickly. Check it out.

preDevCamp is a week away — are you going?

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August 8, 2009 is the day for the worldwide preDevCamp. That’s NEXT Saturday.

Are you going? There’s still time to go to the preDevCamp site and sign up to go to one of the many camps being set up around the world.

We think the preDevCamps are a great way for webOS developers — and people curious about webOS and wondering if they want to get involved — to learn about the platform and to meet other interested people in your local area. I want to encourage everyone to find your local camp and sign up and spend at least some time at the camp.

Palm is going to have representatives at some of the camps, including San Francisco and Kansas City. I, unfortunately, will not be at the San Francisco camp — but that’s because I’m headed to Southern California, where I am going to be splitting my time between the Orange County camp and the San Diego camp. I’m really looking forward to having a chance to meet some of the people now building interesting applications for webOS — and I might even bring a few t-shirts with me to give away.

If you haven’t yet committed to going to preDevCamp, I encourage you to do so. Over this next week I’m going to feature a couple of the camps I think are doing really interesting things to try to entice you to go to one. These camps should be a great way for newer programmers to bootstrap their way into the platform as well as a place for more experienced programmers to expand their knowledge and network.

Hope to see you at a preDevCamp next Saturday!

Chuq