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App Catalog: New Submissions and New Manager Wanted 34

by Jason Robitaille Fri, 07 Aug 2009 11:57 am EDT

Palm has started a new round of App Catalog submissions. Earlier today Early Access Program participants got the email from Palm letting them know it's time.  Currently it's just open to 'Early Access Program' developers, but the email hints at full open submissions in the near future.

[...] As Palm moves forward with our Application Catalog development, we’re looking for a select set of high-caliber developers who want to be on the inside track as we shift gears to the next phase (and before we open the flood gates to application submissions from the thousands and thousands of developers who have downloaded the Public Mojo SDK).

The email then goes on to describe how you can make an early submission, get a chance for increased exposure through Palm's marketing, and get 'personalized attention.'  Palm also wants deets like when you expect it to be complete, business model of your app: free or paid or ad-supported, what country you want it available for, etc.  Here's some links to check before you submit: Application Checklist, Top UI Tips, Performance Optimization, and WebOS User Interface Guidelines [pdf link].

Meanwhile, our tipsters have tracked down yet another intriguing job opportunity at Palm: Lead App Catalog Administrator. We have to say: just reading through this description makes us very optimistic that Palm's App Catalog policies won't look like Apple's mess:

The successful candidate will be a skilled communicator adept at resolving complex, sensitive issues. This position will be working under an aggressive schedule to cultivate developer relationships and resolve escalations in a timely manner. Needs to be able to organize and prioritize a heavy workload and be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment and has strong customer service skills.

So if you're waiting for App Catalog goodness, be patient -- Palm is clearly moving as fast as humanly possible without tripping and landing on their face. If you can't be patient, you know what to do.

34 Comments

very nice! This phone is getting better and better by the week! Sweet

Hummm, I wonder if the Lead App Catalog Administrator will have to correct Apps that do not work, like the "Splash ID - Secure Password Manager"

I just installed this app and all it does is open a White Page. Reviews say the latest OS Update broke the app. BOO Palm!

splash works for me.

Works fine for me too. Now, its slow as death, the search sucks (SUCKS), and it doesn't display nearly as much info as the old palm version did... but it does work.

Splash ID works for me. I noticed it does open an extra white card before the login card appears. I hope synchronization is available soon.

Wow! Talk about a great yet disappointing message.

While I agree that this all appears to be solid good news, the fact that it's happening 2 months after rollout instead of 3 months before rollout takes away some of the positive spin.

Who's to say this isnt a replacement posting, or an addition to a team?

Just because its a new listing, doesn't mean it's a new position.

Can't wait for all of these new apps to start rolling out and hopefully they can remove the restriction of the # of applications allowed on the pre....

Firstly, I don't think 2 months after rollout is a problem. (iPhone App Store was 12 months after rollout after all) It would be very very difficult to launch an app store alongside launching the platform (for various reasons which I'll go into if you ask.....)

Secondly, the fact that Palm still hasn't put out details of how payment etc will operate concerns me. If they want the app store to be successful they MUST put in a simple system. What I mean by this is: do not allow 100 different types of payment model - Free and Paid (maybe Trial too IF its implemented smoothly) is plenty. No trials where you don't know the limitations or how long they last, and certainly no 'get the trial, and then you need to go to the developers web site when the trial runs out, jump through a few hoops involving having a key emailed to you' etc. KEEP IT SIMPLE.

On that note: you MUST handle payment yourself, Palm. If people have to visit the developer's web site to pay, and the developer has to handle credit card fees, giving a serial number to the user, etc, then the app store and therefore the platform (essentially) will fail. Let people store their CC details in their Palm Profile, and just enter their password when they want to buy.

Just some thoughts!

ya, i got the email yesterday. makes me wish i had more time to put something together in time to take advantage of this.

Cool :)

If only I was admitted into early access...

"just reading through this description makes us very optimistic that Palm's App Catalog policies won't look like Apple's mess"

The fact that only now is Palm hiring an App Catalog manager is troubling. (Unless, perhaps, the prior manager has quit or been fired.) They should have been working on this long before lauch. It seems to demonstrate the lack of long term planning that has long been a hallmark of Palm.

Or the developer response has been larger than they expected and they are expanding the department.

Hmm...isn't it strange that this job posting was not finalized earlier? Palm must have known a long time ago that they needed an App Catalog manager - why do this at the last minute? This person will need time to come up to speed, etc.
This means that Pal m is not ready for the floodgates to open in September. It also means that there will be a long delay before apps are approved...they simply don't have adequate people resources in place yet.

The excuse that it took Apple a year to have an app store is ridiculous. Apple more or less created the concept. But now it's a given, and Palm knew long before launch they were going to need, and have, their own version of the app store. Waiting this long to hire a manager and establish policies (as the above poster suggests) demonstrates a serious lack of foresight.

recieved my email yesterday.

Shame I coulndt find the time to code my app.

What are you guys talking about? It only takes 3 days to make an app, right?

I thought the inside track was offered to the likes of EA and Epocrates late last year and we ended up with Connect 4 and Palm OS Epocrates running on Classic. So they are going to start accepting submissions soon? Does that mean that there are really no new apps in the pipeline until then?

Geez what a bunch of whiners. Be grateful that apps are coming to us, and that we don't have to wait as long as iPhone owners did at its first launch. Probably not a one of you has a clue what it takes to start such a significant endeavor.

Be happy, think positive - life's much more enjoyable that way.

I agree - relax, take a pill, chill - choose your lame expression but just relax

Yeah, life is too short to wait around months and months for stuff.

AGREED^^^^

agreed twice ^

MOTHERFUCKING--PUTA MADRE (translated using "translator" from homebrew and sent while being tethered using MYTETHER)

perras que whiny necesidad de cerrar la maldita boca (dload translator on your pre and find out what I called you)LOL

*** uh I just did a spanish to english translate and well its not perfect it put CLOSE where SHUT should be so technically its correct :D

Wow.

I wonder the age of some posters here.

NO ONE HELD A GUN TO YOUR HEAD AND SAID BUY THE PRE. IF YOU NEEDED APPS THAT BADLY YOU HAD MANY OTHER CHOICES.


Geez.

AMEN

The children are posting anonymously, quite probably jealous iPhanboys. :)

I'm pretty sure the timing of Palm's App Catalog has a lot to do with their limited budget. They needed to invest in the areas with the highest importance. Namely, hardware and OS development.
Now that the hardware is 'finalized' and out in the wild they can focus on the new priorities - improving the OS and filling the App Catalog.

Yeah exactly what I was thinking, good call.

They crying here makes me laugh.

I'm excited to see new apps coming out. This article sounds promising.

To everybody who keeps saying that Palm shouldve taken care of all this 2 months before launch, shouldve done it better, yadda yadda yadda, don't forget that Palm was basically one "Pre away" from bankruptcy/death. As in they weren't sure if they were going to make it to this point or not. I'm cutting Palm a ton of slack; they're headed in the right direction, and while I do have complaints about how things are going (lack of apps and various software programming language aspects, can elaborate upon request), Palm is also getting a TON of stuff RIGHT. So Kudos.

I'm excited to see new apps coming out. This article sounds promising.

To everybody who keeps saying that Palm shouldve taken care of all this 2 months before launch, shouldve done it better, yadda yadda yadda, don't forget that Palm was basically one "Pre away" from bankruptcy/death. As in they weren't sure if they were going to make it to this point or not. I'm cutting Palm a ton of slack; they're headed in the right direction, and while I do have complaints about how things are going (lack of apps and various software programming language aspects, can elaborate upon request), Palm is also getting a TON of stuff RIGHT. So Kudos.

Edit: double post, my bad.

Apps,Apps,Apps,Apps, The Palm Pre is the Iphone 3GS Killer!!!!