Palm Says Next-Gen Dev Tools On the Way
During its recent developer conference in New York City, Palm provided a lot of information about webOS' future. First and foremost, Palm will begin transitioning away from its Mojo developer environment starting in early 2011 and will replace it with a new developer environment called Enyo. According to Palm, Enyo is faster and easier to work with than Mojo, and it borrows heavily from Palm's browser-based developer tool, called Ares. Palm said that webOS will be able to support multiple different form factors and screen sizes. Palm also announced forthcoming changes to the App Catalog. Starting in early 2011, the App Catalog will support carrier billing. Palm didn't say which carriers would offer billing, however. Palm also said that it is giving app developers the ability to create promotional codes for their apps, so they can be given away for free. Last, Palm will introduce a new version of the App Catalog with the general release of webOS 2.0. The new version will offer better search tools, refined browsing, and better app category groupings.
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.
Developers Can (Finally) Create Instant Apps
Google today made its instant apps tool available to all developers. Google first announced instant apps at its I/O developer conference in 2016.
Android N Preview Adds Multi-Window to Core Platform
Google today released a very early developer preview of Android N. Google hopes giving early access to the base code will help developers provide feedback so Google can push Android N to phone makers by the summer months.
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.