Sunnyvale-based Palm, the mobile phone maker that recently released into the wild the Palm Pre high-end mobile phone, announced on Friday that the SDK for the handset's webOS was expected to become available before the end of summer. At the same time, the company also said that the Mojo SDK early access program would be greatly expanded in the near future so that a greater number of developers would have access to the platform.
“With the Pre now in customers’ hands and reports of webOS hacks in the news, we know that you are more anxious than ever to get access to the SDK and start developing for webOS
. We’ve been working very hard on the SDK and are eager to open access on a wider scale, but the software and the developer services to support it just aren’t ready yet. Our goal is to make the SDK available to everyone by the end of this summer,” the manufacturer said on its Palm Developer Network Blog.
At the same time, the phone maker also announced that the process would include a number of three stages. The first one implies the acceleration of the growth of the early access program
in accordance with the existing resources. The idea is to allow thousands of developers into the program, says the company. More content will be published, “outside the early access program,” and early Mojo developers will be able to communicate more freely with the world. The SDK will become available to “all legitimate requests” as soon as it is ready.
While announcing the upcoming availability of the SDK, Palm also revealed that it aimed at delivering a robust and easy-to-use Mojo SDK, as well as on providing an ecosystem that should prove beneficial for developers, end users and carriers alike. Moreover, it seems that the company is aware of the fact that some development experiments with the webOS
have been made lately, and that they will probably continue. “As on any popular platform, we recognize that some developers will experiment in ways that cross official boundaries, but we believe that our formal offerings – and community efforts built around those offerings – will provide the best experience for the vast majority of webOS developers and users,” Palm stated.