Now Available: Private Distribution of Beta Apps

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You may be familiar with our Application RSS feeds, a unique feature in the mobile app universe that we added recently. The feeds have given developers unprecedented access to a wider range of customers by allowing website developers to create their own catalogs of App Catalog, Web Distribution, and/or Beta webOS applications. Currently, webOS School, Pre|Central, and other sites are creating custom catalogs and views of the webOS application ecosystem. Our own sample catalog, Project Appetite is an open source demonstration of these capabilities.

With the latest update to My Apps, we’ve added to the flexibility you already have with app distribution. You now can choose whether or not to include your application in the RSS feeds. So, if you have a beta application that you’re not quite ready for the world to see, but you want your friends to be able to test it, now you can.

On the “Application Basics” page, you’ll find a new checkbox labeled “Include this app in Feeds.” If you check the box, website developers who subscribe to the feeds can list your application on their websites. Otherwise, it will be left out. You’ll still get a unique application URL to distribute the way YOU want, and your users will still get notified of updates in the App Catalog. Note that this doesn’t mean distribution is restricted – anybody with the URL will be able to download your app. But it does give you a greater degree of control.

We hope you enjoy this feature. As always, if you have any questions or comments about it, we’d love to hear from you.

What’s Happening in webOSLand

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What’s happening in webOSland is a collection of interesting links to articles and conversations about webOS and webOS development. If you have something you think we might want to include in future postings, you can send it to us at or via twitter to @webosdev

Palm Hot Apps Program opens today!

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Don’t forget — the Hot Apps Program opens today.

The Palm Hot Apps Program rewards developers of the hottest webOS applications with a total of $1 million. The developer of the free webOS application that’s downloaded the most between February 1, 2010, and May 31, 2010 will receive $100,000. The developer of the paid-for webOS app that generates the most revenue during the same period will also receive $100,000.

Developers of other top free and paid apps will also receive cash awards, as follows:

  • The next 20 apps in each category: $10,000 each
  • The next 200 apps in each category: $1,000 each

Only downloads made between 12:00 midnight, February 1, 2010, and 11:59 p.m., May 31, 2010, will be considered for the awards. If you don’t have an app in the catalog today, you have plenty of time to get going and get one published and in contention for the prizes.

If you haven’t programmed in webOS yet, getting started is easy. Download the SDK, check out the tutorial and get yourself going!