Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Get ready for Premium Palm App by Mid-September

Palm is now ready to accept the apps for consideration in the Palm App Catalog e-commerce beta program. The program has been launched to test the experience for webOS app developers and users. The program will be open to all developers later this year. Presently its app catalogue contains roughly 30 applications.

Starting today you can submit your apps via email for consideration. Palm will take 30 percent of any revenues earned from sales in the online store, through which apps can be purchased by webOS users via credit card. Palm will accept apps into the beta test program based on the following criteria:

  • Apps should be useful and engaging to users.

  • They need to have an appealing design and user interface aligned with Palm UI guidelines.

  • They are written specifically for webOS and not delivered through the browser.

  • They leverage webOS platform and device capabilities, for example, notifications, multitasking/background processing, location services, accelerometer.

  • They have acceptable performance and response time on the device; apps with slow UI response or sluggish performance will be rejected. Applications that consume excessive power on the device will also be rejected.

In its blog post announcing the beta, Palm offers details of the program:

  • Developers can submit both free and paid applications for evaluation.

  • You can charge a one-time fee for the download of your application.

  • Initially, the user base for e-commerce will be limited to the United States.

  • Developers will receive 70 percent of revenues generated through application sales (less applicable sales taxes).

  • webOS users will pay for their application purchases using credit cards and will download apps directly to their webOS device.