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Aug 31, 2010

Palm's webOS 2.0 is getting close with an official SDK for developers

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In the past I was a great believer in Palm's webOS. Unfortunately it did not work out between us, and I never ended up having the Palm Pre.

On the other hand, I was not alone, and webOS turned out from a big promise into a good looking OS, still promising, but the kind of promises that don't deliver.

After Palm's acquisition by HP there are many people (including myself) hoping that webOS will get the resources, and attention it deserves.

First swallow? WebOS 2.0 is just around the corner with the official SDK recently released for developers.

Looks like we are about to see some new stuff from Palm:

  • Exhibition for Touchstone– Exhibition will allow developers to code their applications to perform custom actions when your webOS device is plugged into the Touchstone charger. If you have a Touchstone on your bedside table, and want your custom alarm program to be activated when the device hits the charger, this is now possible.
  • HTML5 Improvements — The HTML5 abilities of webOS will be improved with geolocation support and offline caching among other niceties.
  • Deep JavsScript access– Developers will be given access to lower level JavaScript functions. This will allow program creators to control a plethora of low-level I/O data.
  • Just Type feature — Palm has decided to give “universal search” a new tagline, Just Type. Just Type will have an API open to developers that will allow them to harness the functionality using their applications own data. The Just Type feature will also have something called “Quick Actions.” Our understanding of this feature is typing something like: “send tweet I love webOS” will result in said Twitter message being pushed out without the application ever being opened.
  • Stacks feature — Stacks is going to allow actions taken within the same workflow to be grouped together into cards. If you are in an email and click on a link, the browser card and email card will be “stacked” together. You can custom order cards into stacks if you wish but by default webOS 2.0 will be doing this for you.

Sounds yummy! (especially the stacks feature!)
Read more about webOS 2.0 in here



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