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Palm's new App Catalogue will make it easier to find new and popular apps on webOS phones this fall.  (Source: Pre
New APIs, faster apps, and quicker ports are all on the agenda

Palm may be struggling, losing market share, and currently the topic of acquisition talks, but it's not giving up without a fight.  It's moved to aggressively price its handsets (the Palm Pre Plus is $0.01 on Amazon with new two year contract, while you can pick up two from Verizon for $49.99).  And now its charged ahead with an update to webOS that should give developers reason to continue to consider the platform.

The new update will air this fall and features loads of goodies including microphone and camera apps.  This should allow for clones of iPhone barcode apps like Red Laser.  A new media indexer will make it easier to make video or music apps.  New crypto/security APIs should allow for (safe) networked competitive or cooperative gaming on webOS devices, as well as printer discovery.

Finally, there's a new Bluetooth serial port profile, which may allow for third-party peripherals, like a portable Bluetooth keyboard.

Palm is switching its background services from Java to Javascript, which Palm says will give apps more raw number-crunching power.  Also new is a sync-able cloud database called "db8" that will give developers the ability to have their apps store and access data in the cloud.

In terms of graphics, the much talked about webGL still has not received official commitment, yet.  However, HTML5 should bring some nice graphical improvements, including hardware CSS acceleration, which will make in-app animations smoother.

Finally, for developers there's a new web-technology called "Mojo-Core" that will add webOS specific internet info to web apps, allowing developers to quickly and effectively make ports to Palm devices, using their existing web apps.

While customers will likely feel the impact of these improvements slightly, via their favorite apps, the biggest improvement on their end will be a revised App Catalogue.  Palm is going to give its version of the App Store a makeover this fall, with new search modes, such as lists of "Hot", "Paid", "Free", and "New" apps.

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Java to Javascript
By MrDiSante on 4/26/2010 10:51:04 AM , Rating: 2
Palm is switching its background services from Java to Javascript, which Palm says will give apps more raw number-crunching power.

This makes sense how?

RE: Java to Javascript
By TreeDude62 on 4/26/2010 10:58:50 AM , Rating: 5
JS is leaner than Java. Made sense to me...

RE: Java to Javascript
By omnicronx on 4/26/2010 11:18:56 AM , Rating: 2
Its true. I am currently using JS for my number crunching engine within a Java service ;)

Makes ton's of sense in a resource limited environment.

Only if
By Shadowself on 4/26/10, Rating: 0
RE: Only if
By Chudilo on 4/26/2010 1:20:19 PM , Rating: 2
They do have enough cash to burn through to survive past that.

RE: Only if
By retrospooty on 4/26/2010 5:29:53 PM , Rating: 3
There are 100's of millions of dollars of inventory and intellectual property tied up in that, and Web OS, by most independent reviewer is the best OS out there, if not one of the top 3.

Palm as an independent company wont live on, but the IP will. Web OS will, and the apps will as well. Too much money in it to simply close up shop, especially considering how good Web OS is...

Dear God...
By sticksabuser on 4/26/2010 11:14:00 AM , Rating: 2
That creepy lady will haunt us FOREVER...

Or till Palm makes us forget with a truly revamped ad campaign...

RE: Dear God...
By SlipDizzy on 4/26/2010 11:49:47 AM , Rating: 3
Please tell her not to turn around!!!!

Waiting for the new app's
By Carolina Ovi on 4/26/2010 4:36:26 PM , Rating: 2
I hope once it changes DreamWalk has already developed the app for the Palm, so i can finally use it, all my friends go in this crazy treasure hunts collecting all kinds of goodies, I'm the only one who can't really participate, so common Change the Palm! if you like to see what I'm talking about here is a link

RE: Waiting for the new app's
By HyperTension on 4/26/2010 4:56:25 PM , Rating: 2
Bring out your spam.....

Here's one...

I'm not spammed...

Ere, he says hes not spammed...

Yes.. he is..

I'm not...

He isn't...

But he will be soon.. he received the coveted "first post".

Can I upgrade my Palm Treo Pro?
By bupkus on 4/26/2010 6:36:06 PM , Rating: 1
Yes, I've got the PTP w/ MS Mobile 6.1.

I don't suppose I can change the OS?

Ok, so can I trade it in for a Pre +?

Or should I wait until Palm implodes and buy one for a paper weight? Just kidding.

RE: Can I upgrade my Palm Treo Pro?
By bupkus on 4/26/2010 6:40:35 PM , Rating: 1
Ooops. I forgot to ask this:

I was disappointed when I discovered there wouldn't be updates to download to my Windows Mobile like I could with Windows XP... etc.

If I were to buy the Pre + would I be able to continue downloading and installing the updates mentioned in this article or would that require new hw?

By gameman733 on 4/26/2010 10:02:58 PM , Rating: 2
If your willing to void the warranty, there is a Windows Mobile 6.5 ROM floating around PPCGeeks.

From my personal usage, it doesn't work very well on the Treo Pro. The Today screen was barely usable (very nice though) and the screen's don't fit very well. The touch friendly menus are nice, but you can usually only get 3-5 things on the menu without having to scroll. I ended up going back to the clean 6.1 ROM that the same person developed.

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