A big day for Palm® webOS™ developers: Palm announced the next webOS device, the Palm Pixi™ phone, which will be shipped to Sprint customers later this year.
What this means for you, the developer, is greater visibility for your apps. A growing Palm webOS family of devices will help make your apps available to more potential customers, and the good news is that a single version of your app will run on both Palm Pre™ and Palm Pixi. If you use the Palm Mojo™ SDK and Framework and follow the UI guidelines and the rest of the SDK documentation, you’ll find it’s easy to make your app work well across the growing Palm webOS family.
In most ways, developing for Pixi is the same as developing for Pre, so the Palm Mojo SDK provides everything you need to develop apps that work well on both devices. One important difference is that the new device’s display resolution is 320×400 pixels (the Pre resolution is 320×480), which was necessary to create a small and pocketable candy-bar form factor that’s the thinnest Palm device ever.
The display resolution difference, however, will mostly affect apps that are designed to fill the entire screen instead of scrolling to reach additional content and elements. If your app works this way, you will have to approach its layout with flexibility in mind if it is to work well on both Pre and Pixi.
To see how your app will perform on Pixi, you can run it in the Palm Emulator shipped with the Mojo SDK. Keep watching webOSdev. We’ll soon have more specific guidance for designing your apps to work on both Pre and Pixi and for running the Palm Emulator at Pixi resolution.
For more information about Palm Pixi, read the Palm press release as well as the post to the Palm Blog.