Application Development On The Palm Pre – A Stream Of Consciousness

May 25, 2009 at 7:31 PM Leave a comment

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As launch comes ever-nearer, there is still one aspect that, I feel, hasn’t truly received the same amount of concern or limelight as any other – application development.

We all know that there will be tons of hype at launch. People will be ranting and raving about this device for weeks, if not months. However, what will happen after launch? Say, two or three months down the road? Will the Pre community still be going as strong as the iPhone’s, or will we sadly see the light of Palm fade? I truly think that this responsibility rests on the shoulders of the developers community.

Applications are what the Pre needs to truly be successful if it even wants a chance at over taking the iPhone. And none of these farting apps or lame “papijump” games either – something innovative. Many people doubt that this will be possible, thinking that all ideas for applications have been exhausted by the astounding large Apple developer community, but the Pre is different and we know that.

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WebOS will bring many completely new things to the smartphone table, proverbially speaking. It will open tons of doors to ideas for applications and general mobile computing that has never been explored before. Working in the cloud as opposed to domestically inside the device will allow for over-the-air applications to affect other devices. No longer confined to bluetooth and short distance wireless interface, the Pre will be capable of working with devices such as the SlingBox from Sling media. This indicates that the Pre will be able to communicate with many other devices using WiFi or Network capabilities.

We also could see applications such as geotagging for the camera application, allowing a user to instantly snap a photo, upload it and show to friends or family where they are using the map application. Taking it a step further, imagine bringing this to the social networking scene such as Facebook or Twitter (whom we know will both be developing applications for the Pre at launch). What about using Twitpic to instantly tweet a picture with your tweet telling the location?

This is all speculation, and of course until the SDK is released to the public we won’t know if any of this is possible. But at the rate things are going and with the backing and support of many major developers already working on applications for launch, I do not think these are far fetched ideas at all. The community of developers will need to be strong and long lasting for the Palm Pre if it is to succeed after launch.

In saying that, we are please here at PreInsiders to let all our readers know that we will soon be moving the sight to a host who can sustain more visitors as well as a complete revamping and a forum for developers and Pre fanboys alike. Stay tuned, as this will all be happening over the next week. We’re really excited, and hope that you are too!

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