Palm (NASDAQ:PALM) issued the beta version of its newest webOS SDK late last week, requesting that developers test their applications against the release to guarantee compatibility once the update is officially launched later this summer. According an email sent by Palm to its developer partners, it is especially important to test webOS Plug-In Development Kit apps like 3D games and other native apps against the webOS 1.4.5 beta–PreCentral.net reports that Palm is poised to begin allowing independent developers to submit PDK apps, and will also bring the PDK and 3D titles to the Pixi smartphone. The report adds that not all 3D games will be available on the Pixi; most PDK apps must be recoded according to the device’s screen resolution, adding that it also features some hardware differences that could impact the overall user experience of certain titles.
The webOS Plug-In Development Kit includes tools, documentation and APIs enabling developers to more easily integrate C and C++ code into their webOS applications to expand functionality. Palm first announced the introduction of 3D games optimized for webOS in early 2010–the first wave of titles included EA Mobile’s Need for Speed Undercover, The Sims 3 and Monopoly, Gameloft’s Asphalt 5: Elite Racing and Let’s Golf!, Glu Mobile’s Glyder 2 and Laminar Research’s X-Plane. According to Palm, the publishers in question were given early access to the webOS PDK.
For more on webOS 1.4.5:
- read this PreCentral.net article