PhoneGap webOS Updates

1 BY markus

With Version 1.6.0, PhoneGap for webOS now supports the compass sensor found in the HP TouchPad. The initial work to enable the functionality in Phonegap was done by Markus Leutwyler, a webOS Developer Relations team member, and HP officially contributed to the project.

PhoneGap is an HTML5 app platform that allows you to author native applications with web technologies and get access to APIs and app stores. PhoneGap on webOS allows cross-platform developers to code for one API for device functions such as accelerometer, compass and geolocation while PhoneGap takes care of calling the webOS specific implementations.

Here is how you can receive a current compass heading with PhoneGap:

function onSuccess(heading) {
  alert('Heading: ' + heading.magneticHeading);

function onError(error) {
  alert('CompassError: ' + error.code);

navigator.compass.getCurrentHeading(onSuccess, onError);

Check out the source code of compass.js to see how we enabled the functionality.

We also updated the API documentation to not only include the new compass functionality but also specify which other device specific APIs can be used on webOS. The current version of the documentation is on github and will be incorporated into the next release of PhoneGap.


Expanding opportunities in the App Catalog

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We’re continuing to provide developers with more opportunities to distribute their apps. Here are some updates we’d like to share:

Paid apps for Australia and New Zealand App Catalogs
Building on the recent addition of HP webOS App Catalogs for Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong, we’re excited to announce that developers will be able to offer paid apps in the App Catalogs for Australia and New Zealand as well.

To make your paid app available in these countries, you will need to select the Australia and New Zealand App Catalogs and designate the price of your app in the My Apps tab. Read our help article for more details.

Submit TouchPad and smartphone apps in a single package
We have also implemented an update to our developer portal that lets you submit a smartphone app and TouchPad app as a single package to the App Catalog. Now developers can offer their apps across multiple webOS devices in a more seamless way. For more information, check out our help article.

Major updates to the HP webOS Developer Program

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Around the webOS Developer Relations team, we often like to say that the developer is our customer. It drives what we do and constantly pushes us to keep asking, how can we improve the experience for every developer on our platform?

Investing in your success: Device discounts, support and marketing
Today, we’re excited to announce some significant updates to the HP webOS Developer Program, to provide even more of the resources you need to create, market and sell great apps in the webOS App Catalog.

These updates include:

- Larger discounts on devices, up to 60%
- Loaner device program
- Enhanced support
- Marketing asset kits
- HP co-marketing opportunities
- Access to market development funds

Simply put, we’re investing in developers that invest in webOS. We factor in the apps you develop, your development expertise and your desire to build a thriving business around webOS.

Read here to get all the details.

Announcing HP webOS Certified Developers Program
Another significant update is the addition of the HP webOS Certified Developers program. This program offers certification to developers that want to make their services available to other companies looking for webOS development expertise. Developers are certified around the quantity and quality of apps they have developed, as well as training they’ve completed and other relevant experience they bring to the table.

One of the biggest benefits of being a webOS Certified Developer is significant promotion and referrals from HP, opening up incredible opportunities that leverage you webOS expertise.  Other benefits include:

- Listing in the HP webOS Developer Center for third-party developers
- Dedicated highlight page on the HP webOS Developer Center
- Access to pre-production testing devices
- “webOS Certified developer” marketing assets
- Priority support access

Read here to learn more about the certified developer program.

Along with webOS Pivot, which takes app discovery to a new level and our commitment to offering free membership for all our programs, webOS provides developers with an experience and set of opportunities unmatched by any platform.

HP webOS Pivot: Discover apps the new way

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Today, you could say we’re literally turning the page, changing how people discover apps – and how we showcase developers behind those apps. We are thrilled to introduce HP webOS Pivot, a monthly supplement to the HP webOS App Catalog that brings app discovery to a new level.

What’s webOS Pivot all about?
We created webOS Pivot to tackle a fundamental issue all of us can relate to – in a world of thousands upon thousands of apps (and counting), how can you discover great apps that mean something to you, especially ones that don’t happen to be in a top 10 list?

webOS Pivot takes you on a journey, providing entertaining and interactive ways for people to learn about apps. It’s made for all kinds of personalities and lifestyles – at home, at the office and everywhere in between:

- Visually-driven editorials
- Engaging columns on digital culture by renowned writers
- Feature stories that weave apps into everyday life
- Balanced, in-depth app reviews
- Matching apps to different profiles of people

Simply put, webOS Pivot is a totally new way to find apps that complement you. And besides being a fun way to discover apps, webOS Pivot is a pleasure to read. It’s great content that’s a tap away on the TouchPad.

Showcasing apps and developers
We also wanted to offer a better way for developers to get their app in the spotlight. webOS Pivot offers developers unprecedented opportunities. Apps are presented in ways that are engaging and meaningful to readers. And as you would expect, people can download an app right from the article, as well as an index of all the apps we feature in every issue.

Our goal is to feature developers and apps of all kinds, and webOS Pivot provides so many interesting possibilities for us to do just that. If you have questions about how apps and developers can get featured in webOS Pivot, contact us at

So if you haven’t yet, get started on the webOS 3.0 SDK that’s now available for public download. We want to fill webOS Pivot with all of your great apps.

Just the beginning…
Of course, this is only the beginning. We have big plans for webOS Pivot, and we think it’s going to change the game for customers and developers alike. Like webOS itself, webOS Pivot works like nothing else.

webOS 3.0 SDK available for public download

0 BY devrel

The HP TouchPad has arrived, and now developers everywhere can access the webOS 3.0 SDK, available for public download. When you take a step back, you realize that it hasn’t been that long since we released webOS 3.0 SDK into Early Access. Since then, the response has been tremendous and it’s very rewarding to see developers create some great stuff in such a short period of time.

There is a tremendous amount of opportunities for developers with webOS 3.0. From taking advantage of webOS 3.0’s amazing new capabilities, new ways to monetize apps with in-app purchase, the game-changing way we’re showcasing apps in HP webOS Pivot, to HP’s commitment around expanding the webOS ecosystem, the time for developers is now.

We’re just getting started. Now that we’re making the webOS 3.0 SDK to everyone, we can’t wait to see what you can do with it.

New feature: Promo codes to market and distribute apps

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You’ve made a great app. You know that if someone just tries it, they’re going to love it. And they’re going to tell everyone they know about it. For developers that offer paid apps, anything that makes it easier for someone to try their app can make a world of difference. Today, we’re giving developers another way to do just that.

Developers now have the ability to generate promo codes, giving you new ways to market and distribute apps. You can use promo codes to easily offer free review copies to press, or exercise your creativity by doing giveaways for special campaigns.

No matter how you decide to use them, you have a lot of flexibility in what you can do. We also give you easy ways to track and manage promo codes, which is especially helpful if you offer multiple apps:

- Generate up to 1,000 promo codes for each major release of your app, which are valid up to 60 days.
- Create promo codes for campaigns – for an unlimited number of campaigns
- Track and manage codes: View status, revoke codes, download code histories

So, what are you waiting for? Make it even easier for people to try your great app.

Log in to your account to start creating and managing promo codes. For more information on using them, check out our help article.

Good times at webOS CONNECT, London

1 BY devrel

Last week was a quite a week for webOS developers. We made the webOS 3.0 SDK available in our Early Access program, giving developers a head start on creating apps for TouchPad’s summer launch (get to it!).  We also launched a new and improved HP webOS Developer Center, providing developers with an even better resource for all their webOS efforts. To share the news, we went across the pond and joined an extensive roster of speakers at the webOS CONNECT community event in London.

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The New Developer Portal

0 BY Fred Patton

Yesterday, we introduced some changes to the HP webOS Developer Portal. We’ve spent a lot of time working on this new portal, so we wanted tell you a bit about what we’ve done, and the reasons behind it.

To start with, we had three primary design goals:

First, we wanted to improve access to material within the developer portal data. We know that in the old portal, material was often difficult to find. While we have made incremental improvements over the last year, too much information was not always in view where it needed to be.

Second, we wanted more flexibility from our content management platform, including improved authoring tools, and the ability to add functional components to the site more easily, such as the ability to list recently updated articles, get feedback on articles, and  better tie the forums to site content.

Third, we wanted to improve platform evangelism from within the portal itself. We love webOS, and we want others to be excited about it too! So, we’ve been thinking of new ways to get the message out. Our Mobile Expressionism campaign is meant to help developers see themselves as we see them – as true artists finding new ways to express themselves in a very personal way. It made sense to us that the right home for this kind of message was the developer portal.

So, what have we done to meet these goals?

1) We listened to developers. Our partner in developing the new site, Hot Studio, interviewed current webOS developers, current developers from other mobile platforms, and developers within HP, to see what worked and what didn’t work, both with our site and with other developer sites. We then incorporated what we heard into the new design.

2) We made evangelism an integral part of the portal. You’ll find a new section called “Showcase” on the portal now. It’s where we show off our current range of devices and the great features of webOS, but more importantly it’s where we show off you! There you’ll find developer videos and profiles, with more on the way, and a “Why webOS?” section to help tell the story to developers from other platforms.

3) We implemented a new toolchain for SDK documentation. If you’ve been getting new webOS SDKs from the Early Access Program, you’ve probably noticed that we now deliver reference documents as a “microsite”. This material can now also be ported directly to the developer portal so it can always be in sync with the latest information.

4) We changed content management systems. The new CMS is better geared toward our workflow, will give us greater control over the publishing process, and will scale better as we grow. The new CMS will also make it easier for us to give access to Early Access documentation directly on the portal based on your login credentials, and to localize content. (Look for these in the future!)

The new system also will allow us to add more active content components over time. The first one is already in place, allowing us to feature fresh content in the right sidebar on some pages. Some other components we’ll be looking into include the ability to comment on articles and link to current relevant forum content.

We hope you like what we’ve done, and that you’ll find it an improvement over the old portal. As with any new system, we still have a few teething pains, but we’re working through those, and are going to continue to work on the site, improving it any way we can, and bringing you new, relevant content as fast as we can. Enjoy!

Get the webOS 3.0 SDK: Develop for HP TouchPad and Beyond

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When we introduced the HP TouchPad on February 9, you could really feel the excitement. People everywhere wanted to know what the buzz was all about. Well, that day not only marked the introduction of the first webOS tablet – it marked the beginning of a new vision for webOS and an unprecedented opportunity for developers.

webOS 3.0 SDK available for Early Access

Today, we’re giving you the tools to start creating the future, as developers in our Early Access program can now access the webOS 3.0 SDK. It has everything you need to start developing apps for HP TouchPad and the next-generation of webOS devices:

  • Use Enyo, the new framework that supports new and future webOS form factors
  • Leverage core webOS features like Just Type, Synergy, Exhibition and more
  • Reference new UI components, layouts and application examples
  • Get helpful guidance on app structuring, design and navigation for TouchPad

If you’re not already a member of our Early Access program, email to join and get your hands on the webOS 3.0 SDK today.

Bringing your app to millions, from consumers to the enterprise

Developing for an innovative platform in webOS and an awesome new device like the TouchPad would already be significant on its own. But the story is much larger than that. That’s because HP is using webOS to create a seamless, secure and connected experience across a multitude of products from smartphones, tablets, PCs, printers and other products that serve millions, from consumers to the enterprise. Developing for webOS now puts you in a position to deliver innovative apps to potentially millions of devices every year.

Creating apps for the HP TouchPad is clearly just the beginning for this next chapter in webOS. The opportunity is incredible. And it’s yours for the taking.

New to webOS? Here’s how to get started:

1. Sign up for a Community or Developer Account. Log in to our forums at least once to activate your account.
2. Email to join our Early Access program.
3. Download the webOS 3.0 SDK in our private forums.
4. Get technical support  by emailing us at

If you have general questions about getting started or would like to speak with someone about using the webOS 3.0 SDK, just email us at

It’s your time – get the webOS 3.0 SDK and show us what you can do!

The webOS 2.1 SDK is now available

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The webOS 2.1 SDK has officially exited the Early Access program and is now available for download from the HP webOS Developer Center. Using the 2.1 SDK, you can now:

  • Take advantage of unique webOS features like Just Type, Exhibition and Synergy.
  • Build and distribute hybrid apps, combining HTML, JavaScript and CSS with C/C++.
  • Develop webOS services in JavaScript with node.js.

Got apps for Pixi? They’ll work on the all-new HP Veer.

More good news! If you’ve created apps for the Palm Pixi, they’ll just work on the HP Veer, the next all-new webOS smartphone that’s coming just around the corner. We’re going to do a big push around this tiny marvel of a phone, so if your app isn’t already optimized for Pixi’s 320×400 display, it’s definitely worth considering. Get on the Veer wave!

The transition to webOS 3.0: Things to keep in mind

As we all make this transition to 3.0, one of the biggest questions from developers is, what should I do now?

If you’re a developer with existing webOS apps…
You can extend your reach by optimizing your app for the HP Veer and Pre3, using new and updated features in webOS 2.0 like Just Type, Exhibition and Synergy.

If you’re a developer who’s new to webOS…
Now’s the time to start planning around developing with webOS 3.0, which will power the game-changing HP TouchPad and future webOS devices. To prepare yourself:

  • Join our developer program
  • Once you’ve registered, get into our Early Access program by emailing
  • Get the preview of Enyo, our new development framework, to prep for the full webOS 3.0 SDK.

Once you’re part of the Early Access program, you’ll be notified as soon as the full webOS 3.0 SDK is available – which is coming very soon.

As always, stay tuned!