Palm webOS PDK Public Beta Now Available

Palm this week will be demonstrating 3D gaming at GDC (Game Developer’s Conference) in San Francisco. As perfect timing would have it, the company has announce the public beta release of webOS PDK or plug-in development kit. For those of you who have checked out Need for Speed or any of the App Catalog 3D games, they were developed using the PDK. With this now available, this should allow for expanded App Catalog offerings. Full press release after the break. Developers can find more information and download the PDK by hitting up


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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.

webOS PDK Public Beta Coming In March

The webOS PDK, also known as the “plug-in development kit”, is the sole reason we’re starting to see all these amazing new games on webOS. However, up until now, the webOS PDK was distributed to a small group of developers. The big players such as EA and Gameloft have used their early access to deliver games like “Need for Speed”,  “Let’s Golf” and “NFL 2010″.


PreCentral alerts us that Palm will offer up a public beta of the PDK in March. This is exciting for developers and will likely result in even more expansive games on the webOS platform. If the first batch of games are any indication, webOS owners are in for some great games in the not so distant future.