Is there a webOS TouchPad app for that?

Today HP announced the long awaited release date the HP TouchPad. On June 19th, customers will have the ability to pre-order the TouchPad. On July 1st, you’ll be able to walk into a Best Buy, Walmart or any other host of retailers and pick up your TouchPad. HP has delivered on their promise to ship this summer. This also signals the start of sales phase. HP needs to make a compelling argument as to why you should purchase a TouchPad over an iPad 2, Motorola Xoom or one of the countless Android tablets that are starting to flood the market. Part of that argument continues to be how webOS offers superior multi-tasking, notifications and other industry leading features baked into the operating system. If the TouchPad is to be successful, the second part of the equation needs to be apps.

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Palm’s PDK To Allow Porting of iPhone Apps?

Next week brings the Game Developer’s Conference and Palm is expected to chat about their PDK (Plug-in Developer Kit). In an interesting twist, word comes from John Paczkowski (via Dieter Bohn) that Palm’s PDK will allow easy porting of iPhone apps to Palm’s webOS.

Perhaps more importantly, the PDK will allow devs to rewrite mobile apps that they’ve built for other platforms to run on webOS with minimal modifications. iPhone apps can be ported over in a matter of days, sources close to the company tell me, and they don’t really suffer any degradation in performance.

When we spoke with Palm reps at CES 2010, they indicated to us that the PDK was mainly a tool used for developing games. So we’re not sure what to expect next week and if this will actually impact apps for webOS. Palm’s mantra has been quality and not necessarily quantity. Trailing in the Apps Numbers race, that’s a convenient argument. The PDK developed games are certainly on par with other platforms, so perhaps this news will bring ports of better apps for the platform. We’re all for the quality over quantity, but outside of PDK developed games,  the current crop of webOS apps does not best apps available on the iPhone. If the PDK can be used to port actual apps over to webOS, this would be great news for the webOS community and for developers. If it only takes days, we’re hoping Atebits will jump in and give us Tweetie 2 for webOS.

Palm Ares SDK Currently In Testing Phase

Last month, we heard about Palm’s ARES development tool for webOS. As a refresher, it’s a web based development kit that allows faster development of apps for webOS. Palm is currently testing ARES with a select group of developers to help squash bugs and to seek suggestions for improving ARES. The net for end users is that ARES is aimed at providing developers with an easy entry to webOS development. This should ultimately result in more apps for you, the end user.

[via EngadgetMobile]

Case of the Missing Apps

In all the excitement of Palm adding 13 apps to the App Catalog, we’ve noticed the number of total apps yesterday afternoon was 50. There was some debate in our forums whether there were either 42 or 45 apps previous to the release, but that would still put the number well over 50 apps.


UPDATE: Thanks to sfac in our forums, we’ve solve the case. There are 58 total apps in the App Catalog. The recent search feature is limited to 50. Doing a reverse Z-A search reveals the remaining 8 apps bringing the total to 58.
What apps have gone missing and why? Let us know in the comments or in our forum discussion on this topic.