Palm Gives Nod to Devs to Skip the Apps Catalog
Today Palm revealed that it will allow developers to submit apps that can be distributed openly on the web rather than through the Palm Apps Catalog. Developers create an application, submit it to Palm, and then Palm will send the developer a link that can be used by owners of webOS devices to access and download the application. This will allow developers to skip the review process, though Palm will still offer applications in the Apps Catalog if that's what the developers want. Palm is charging just $50 for apps to be entered into the Apps Catalog. Palm also decided to waive the $100 yearly developer fee associated with developing webOS apps. Palm hopes these changes will lead to increased development for webOS.
Hands On with HP's Elite x3
HP is jumping back into phones at a completely unexpected time. HP made quite a few iPAQ Windows smartphones back in the day (2004-2009, to be precise.) Then they bought Palm and infamously drove that into the ground.
Awareness API from Google to Power Contextually Aware Apps
Developers will soon be able to make their apps aware of their surroundings thanks to the new Awareness API. The API can support up to seven different signals at once, including time, location, places, beacons, headphones, activity, and weather, to deliver contextually aware information.
Google to Help Developers Make Apps More Accessible
Google today released a tool for developers that will scan apps and provide feedback on their accessibility. The idea is to help developers view their apps from a different perspective and gain insight about how their user interface choices may or may not work for those with special accessibility needs.
HP to Shutter WebOS Support January 15
HP recently indicated that it will cease all backend support for WebOS devices on January 15. After that time, WebOS device owners will no longer be able to download or update apps, reset or restore their devices, setup new devices, or retrieve lost passwords.
TCL to Revive Palm with Help from the Tech Community
TCL Communications, the parent company of Alcatel OneTouch, today confirmed to Phone Scoop that it has acquired the Palm brand and plans to revive the failed tech company. "We are interested in the brand because we believe the brand has value," said TCL CEO George Guo.