Palm’s App Catalog Lacking a Killer App

The App Catalog has been up and running since the launch of the Palm Pre, a little over four months ago. Once Palm added support for e-commerce, we’ve seen a nice influx of applications, but is there a killer app available for webOS yet? We all know the multi-tasking advantages of webOS, but does the SDK (software development kit) provide developers with the tools to deliver killer apps? Using game systems as parallel, sometimes it takes developers time to deliver an application that really maximize the capabilities of the operating system.

Looking at the ‘Popular’ apps, the first five are all paid apps. According the App Catalog, these are the most popular apps.

  • Track n’ Pack $7.99 : Shipment tracking app that supports Fedex, UPS, USPS and DHL.
  • Baby Bump $3.99: A pregnancy app that keeps you informed about your pregancy and provides feature-rich tracking tools.
  • Top Stocks $4.95: Top Stocks delivers real-time stock market information with prices, line charges, news stories and more.
  • Tilt Origami $1.99: A game based on the traditional Japanese art of paper folding.
  • My Translator $1.99:  Language and text translator, with support for over 35 languages.

While I’m certain they have utility and value to some users, they don’t appear to be “killer apps” that drive device sales. When Palm demonstrated the Pixi, they used the Air Hockey app for demonstration purposes, currently sitting with a rating of 2.5 stars out of 5. Good, but not great — and certainly not of the killer variety.


Are these apps on the horizon? Is there a gem hidden the App Catalog that has the potential to be that killer app. If Palm were to showcase apps in a new commercial, what app would make consumers consider the Palm Pre as their next smartphone. Let us know if you’ve found that app? If not, what are you looking for from developers looking to make a killer app for webOS.