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by Dieter Bohn Sat, 07 Nov 2009 2:51 pm EST

App Catalog Your official App Catalog keeps on trucking, with a grand total of 356 apps. There were a ton of updates and new apps added last night.

Come along and see what's new - but fair warning, a large proportion of these apps are one-off quiz apps from Europa Pictures. It's a little bit much, if you ask us.

New apps:

  • mCraig Pro, $2.99, Splashdata. Search CraigsList
  • Local Business Search, Free, Etherient. Local search
  • SudokuPlus, $2.99, Sierra Blanco Systems. Advanced Sudoku game with a ton of options
  • twoCalc, $2.00, mikagika, ltd. and twoCalcFree, Advanced calculator apps
  • Pixelpipe Uploader to the Social Web, $.99, Pixelpipe. Upload photos to over 100 social services. Homebrew graduate!
  • World Factbook, $1.99, Xivix Software Solutions. The entire CIA World factbook
  • Catholic Quiz, $3.99, Europa Pictures. Quiz Game
  • Football, $5.99, Europa Pictures. Football Trivia Game
  • Movie Trivia, $3.99, Europa Pictures.
  • TV Trivia, $3.99, Europa Pictures
  • Mind & Body, $3.99, Europa Pictures. More quiz from Europa
  • Sex Quiz, $4.99, Europa Pictures. Yep, more quiz.
  • Obama IQ, $2.99, Europa Pictures. Noticing a trend?
  • Christmas, $2.99, Europa Pictures. Ok, Europa, we get it.
  • Einstein, $4.99, Europa Pictures. If you want a quiz app about something, it looks like Europa is going to have it.
  • Revelation, $2.99, Europa Pictures. See what we mean?
  • Jesus Quiz, $2.99, Europa Pictures.
  • Christmas Music Trivia, $2.99, Europa Pictures. I'm dreaming that we're done with the quiz apps.
  • Politics, $2.99, Europa Pictures.
  • Code Cabinet, Free, Etherient. In conjunction with the upcoming "Practical webOS Projects with the Palm Pre" book, lets you store and organize code snippets
  • Lightning Impact, $1.99, science apps. Lightning Impact distance app. Homebrew Graduate!
  • Email Emoticons Pro, $5.55, MyAppCatalog.com. Supercharged email composition app with more WYSIWYG elements than you can shake a Pre at.
  • Fleet Tweet, Free, 8-bit development. Lightweight twitter app with a focus on sending tweets
  • PictureIt, $1.99, Codinary. Photo browser for your own photos, Flickr, Bing, and Google
  • Coool Drinks, $3.00, science apps. Calculates how long different drinks take to cool off in the fridge.
  • 15 Puzzle 21st Century, $2.99, Sergey Markovich. A tile-puzzle game
  • My Mall Shopping, Free, Skava. Online shopping app
  • Awake2Music, $1.99, Ed Miller. Alarm Clock app that can launch Pandora to wake you up.
  • Perfect Bounce, $.99, Keen Studios. Bounce game, we've previewed it here.
  • jVault, $1.99, Cohosoft. eWallet app for passwords, pins, etc.
  • Diet Control, $2.99, Yariv Rosenstein. Diet App, Homebrew Graduate!
  • T-Money, $14.99, Sound Expressions. Financial planning app

Updated apps:

  • Tweed Trial, Free
  • Sudoku Lite, Free, cakefight.
  • Weatherman Lite, Free, WizardApps
  • m:Mafia 40 Favor, $4.99, Moblyng.
  • Weatherman, $2.99, WizardApps
  • Net2Streams Lite, Free, Net2Streams
  • Reversi, Free, Rick Boatright
  • Mileage Monitor, Free, Foxtail Software
  • Simple Bible, Free, Bits of God Software
  • m:Mafia, Free, Moblyng
  • Sports Calendar,$1.99, Unnamed Applications.
  • 4:20 Wallpaper, Free, Moonalice
  • JogStats, $4.99, Rusty Apps
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67 Comments

Whats the odds of the palm pre making a shazam app?

Really, I think the odds of the Palm Pre making a Shazam app are next to zero.
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(Sorry, couldn't resist.)

No Google speak to search or Shazam until the SDK allows microphone access. It might happen eventually but zero chance with the current SDK.

would b e nice if a practicle app was written, ie converter,dictionary

The App Catalog is dead to me. Fix the problem Palm! Let me spend some money on some apps!

+1 right here.

I have not ran into the 'no memory' issue, but I am aware of it, and Palm needs to fix it.

If memory issues are a problem, install terminal and mvapp from the homebrew apps.

It allows you to move your apps to another partition easily and painlessly.

Look at http://www.webos-internals.org/wiki/Solution_to_App_Catalog_Installation...
for more information.

+1 here also.
I have not been able to install any apps from the app catalog because of that "Sorry, Not enough memory issue"

There's nothing inherently wrong with a bunch of trivia apps. It only seems like such a significant number because the overall App Catalog number is low. And I imagine it will stay that way until the developer's program is fully announced and the App Catalog comes out of beta.

everytime palm adds new apps to the catalog, I get VERY excited which quickly fades as I realize the apps are nothing to get excited about. GET WITH IT PALM! I am looking to jump ship VERY soon......

+1 and my patience is wearing think!

Palm doesn't make apps! They enable the creation of apps with developer tools, but it's third parties that actually make all the apps.

yes I know. Palm has to approve them. Quality control is in the hands of palm....something I believe is lacking.

agree with all of the above.i would like to see is more practical apps added. and isaw is right on the money with this one. I too get excited to see new apps, but as i scroll down i notice they are nothing to get too excited about. i would like to see more from palm.

I agree it's like Palm App Catalog is circling the drain.

I call the Catalog Apps nonsense apps

I want Call Filtering/Blocking with my mp3 announcements for each number I'm blocking. Can Filter with Wild Cards ie 800*.
I want SMS Filtering with mp3 sounds according to text I choose in the subject line, choosing to not play some and delete immediately.
I want Caps Plus.... I hold down the key, it goes to upper case. I hold the key down longer, it goes to the symbol.
I want a Decent RSS Reader.
I want a PopUp App to paste text, controlled by a Hot key
I want decent battery life.
I want to sync ALL (ALL) my content with my desktop for backup
I want Hot keys to start apps and functions
I want (ran out of space, sorry)

Impossible I guess....
Oh Wait..... I had these on my Cheaper plan with my Treo700p
This is progress ??
Can I go back in time ???

@chaspalm

"I want Call Filtering/Blocking with my mp3 announcements for each number I'm blocking. Can Filter with Wild Cards ie 800*."

> There's a patch for that. :)

"I want SMS Filtering with mp3 sounds according to text I choose in the subject line, choosing to not play some and delete immediately."

>>There's a patch for that. (SMS per Contact)

"I want Caps Plus.... I hold down the key, it goes to upper case. I hold the key down longer, it goes to the symbol."

>>Treos have always had dedicated keys. The Pre has the same keys (Num\Caps\Sym)

"I want a Decent RSS Reader."

>>There's an app for that. (Feeds)

"I want a PopUp App to paste text, controlled by a Hot key"

>>There's an app for that (Quick Text)

"I want decent battery life."

>>The Pre is on par with all "iPhone class" devices (iPhone, MyTouch, Storm, HTC Hero, HTC Touch Pro, etc (found on many tech site reviews)

"I want to sync ALL (ALL) my content with my desktop for backup"

>>There are apps for that from Marc-Space & Chapura

"I want Hot keys to start apps and functions"

>>Uh...built in UNIVERSAL SEARCH. Try it sometimes. (Start typing what you want, and it will appear)

"I want (ran out of space, sorry)"

Any questions? ;)

Just a suggestion, for backing up and syncing the info on your pre to your pc, try SyncToy 2.0 by Microsoft. I've Been using it since I bouht my pre a month and a half ago and it works great.

For the common user who knows nothing about and never even heard of "homebrew" ... there are no apps for that ... their requests are (mostly) all valid things that the pre should basically do, or be available to the common user (without high costs)

"I want Call Filtering/Blocking with my mp3 announcements for each number I'm blocking. Can Filter with Wild Cards ie 800*."

> There's a patch for that. :)
Call Rejector I do use it - VERY Primative-Nothing like my requirements above

"I want SMS Filtering with mp3 sounds according to text I choose in the subject line, choosing to not play some and delete immediately."

>>There's a patch for that. (SMS per Contact)
I Use that - NOTHING Like my requirements above

"I want Caps Plus.... I hold down the key, it goes to upper case. I hold the key down longer, it goes to the symbol."

>>Treos have always had dedicated keys. The Pre has the same keys (Num\Caps\Sym)
Did you actually read this?

"I want a Decent RSS Reader."

>>There's an app for that. (Feeds)
I said DECENT....

"I want a PopUp App to paste text, controlled by a Hot key"

>>There's an app for that (Quick Text)
Thought that was for SMS, I want it for replying to emails
(But I'll check it out)

"I want decent battery life."

>>The Pre is on par with all "iPhone class" devices (iPhone, MyTouch, Storm, HTC Hero, HTC Touch Pro, etc (found on many tech site reviews)
Unimpressed.

"I want to sync ALL (ALL) my content with my desktop for backup"

>>There are apps for that from Marc-Space & Chapura
I said ALL - Not just Outlook and Contacts
Have you heard about the recent Sidekick fiasco ?

"I want Hot keys to start apps and functions"

>>Uh...built in UNIVERSAL SEARCH. Try it sometimes. (Start typing what you want, and it will appear)
I said activated by HOT KEYS

"I want (ran out of space, sorry)"

Any questions? ;)
Do You Work for Palm in the PR excuses departmnet ?

RE: Cobrakon and everybody else --
DON'T ALL OF YOU REALIZE HOW SICK AND TIRED WE ARE OF PATCHING, TWEAKING AND HACKING? EVERY other phone out there is less trouble than this "smartphone". Period.

Looks like you picked the wrong phone. I went with WebOS BECAUSE of the patches, tweaks, etc. I feel like I'm involved with creating this OS. Using this site to link up with developers who can put my ideas into action is a surreal feeling for me. I know lots of other people get the same feeling I do from this melting pot that is WebOS and PreCentral.

Perhaps you should've researched before you bought the phone. That's all I can suggest next time you sign a 2-yr contract. :-/

Come on. It is a consumer / business phone and not a 'hacker' phone. Do more research? Good grief what an answer that was. The real 'hacker' phone is an Android.

"RE: Cobrakon and everybody else --
DON'T ALL OF YOU REALIZE HOW SICK AND TIRED WE ARE OF PATCHING, TWEAKING AND HACKING? EVERY other phone out there is less trouble than this "smartphone". Period.?

>Really? Hmmm... Seems like we need a realignment of perspective. I present the original "god phone" review.

http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/apple-iphone-8gb-at/4505-6452_7-3230...

Read the comments, note all the "hacking, patching, tewaking, required to get "basic" functionality. Then note 3 PHONES LATER, you must STILL "jailbreak" your iPhone to get functionality the Pre has OUT THE BOX. Then note how the iClones, don't really care and will still stab you for putting down their phone... :P

;)

oh please please please can you help me cobrakon?!

I am just a regular phone user. I have been with Palm for 2 years (Centro) and I loved it! However I am feeling a little lost and overwhemed with all the tweaking that the pre requires in order to perform some of the basic tasks that my centro did.

I am a stay at home mom, but I coordinate the activities of everyone in my household: appts, extracurricular activities, work schedules, etc on my calendar. On the centro I was able to color coordinate according to category: Holidays, personal, dr. Appt, work schedule, etc. I am a little frustrated that the only two categories I can color coordinate is my palm profile and my google calendar.

I also wish I could forward SMS. And send more than one picture in an MMS message.

I wish I could separate my contacts into categories and assign a ringtone to each cat. And one to unknown callers.

For some reason I can't assign music that I have downloaded as a ringtone for a specific caller, and I'm hoping I'm not stuck with just the ringers the phone came with.

Do you know if palm plans on adding voice recording and video recording?

Now then, I love my pre, I'm just a little frustrated. What are patches? How do I apply them? Where do I get them? Is there anything else I need to know?

HELP!

You should check out the patches from homebrew. Some of these are already available this way.

There's a small fix to block all calls from certain numbers.

I had 4:20 wallpaper on my pre, I tried to upgrade and went thru the whole download and got message install faild. I thought maybe delete and try again. Nope, same message and now i lost the wallpaters. Just like upgrading my photo dialer and KEEP getting message it cancelled and try again later. WHEN is later? It gets real frustrating. Any suggestions?

I'm getting really frustrated with Palm. I'm getting to the point where i am gonna buy anything but an Iphone. The Pre is highly disappointing to me. The fact that I can't forward a text message, delete all texts/emails at once, can't make playlists without using Itunes, and worse yet, I'm getting the "sorry too many cards open" message too much now. I'm having to reset this damn phone more than twice a day and my bluetooth stereo connection is faulty too....I'm just about done with Palm. And, now worst of all, we are getting fart apps by the boatload in our App store. I'ts hard to believe that Palm is approving this shit....! You can tell me all you want to give them a chance, but Palm spearheaded this smartphone shit and they should know better. It's time to stop being faithful and get my smartphone needs met.....

What do you mean "its hard to believe that palm is approving this ..."? What are they supposed to do, reject everything because it isn't useful enough? Then they'd have a bigger problem in the press than apple's lame rejections.

@chillywill_95831

"The fact that I can't forward a text message.."

>>There's a patch for that.

"delete all texts/emails at once"

>>There's a patch for that.

"..can't make playlists without using Itunes"

>>Use ANY app you like to create playlists and sync with the Pre's "Media Sync Mode" (ex. WMP, WinAmp, Napster, Rapsody, Amazon Music, etc)

"and worse yet, I'm getting the "sorry too many cards open" message too much now. I'm having to reset this damn phone more than twice a day"

>>Money says this happens when you are using the browser and loading full size sites. There's a patch for that which will "spoof" the iPhones browser tags and display the mobile versions of major sites. (Same thing happens on iP but much less since many sites bow to SJ and have an iP version loaded also)

Any Questions? ;)

screw patches! I want basic smart phone functions BUILT-IN! This stuff should be part of webOS - not added on.

Only a tiny fraction of users mess with homebrew and patches. But everyone expects basic stuff like text forwarding, video and voice features.

I don't know what you people are complaining about. I am happy to see that developers are willing to put in the effort to develop for our platform. There are definitely some things I would like (the types of things Chaspalm was describing sound great!), but I have confidence that we will see those in time. The platform keeps getting better, and I am willing to allow Palm the time to get things right.

LOL at chillywill.

Is that what you tell your girlfriend when you're on vacation?


(sorry, couldn't resist)

I find it so damn annoying that they won't update the free mCraig app, but they will release a 'pro' version and want to charge for it. All they added was the adult categories (which was a little more than just commented out in the free version). Wtf gives?

@ all the people saying get with palm,
theres really nothing palm can do other than releasing an easier sdk (which they just did) its up to developers to create the apps. palm just cant go up to people and force them to make apps. they can create their own yes, but there's only so much one company can do. the only way developers will come is if enough people use the webOs. apparently at the moment, there is not enough users for developers to consider making apps for webos.

Once again I get the feeling palm made the pre just for me. It is still a baby, but Cant believe some of the suggestions, lots of them being agaisnt the whole webOS usability concept.

Woulndt go back to my iphone and dindt buy a Hero motnhs ago after playing with it. Would not change the pre for any current existing phone.

I gave up my iphone 3G and got a Pre but your sentiment have give me the strength to carry on!

All these updates make me feel that a new version 1.3.1 is coming w App fix

can confirm that an app limit fix is NOT comming in 1.3.1 but will probably be in next update after.

Seriously?! The App Limit fix is STILL not addressed? Why even have new apps then? Do the developers realize that folks like me are simply unable (others unwilling) to buy apps because we cannot install them? OK, I mean, I can technically buy an app but I shouldn't have to uninstall an app just to install another one.

To those who may question why i would have a ton of apps installed all at once, I've hit the limit with only 19 apps.

Where are the games? Can I get at the least a decent golf game?

I hope nobody is purchasing apps, they are all garbage and overpriced. Most apps in the catolog should be free considering there isn't much to them.

They are all over priced garbage? Not a single one works good for you? Not Trapster, not Pandora, nothing? I find that a bit hard to believe. There are good ones, and I agree there are some not so good ones. But there are many gems in there. It's still just a baby, I cannot wait to see what that baby will grow into.

You really are giving great encouragement to the developers, It's because of people like you some Dev's are sick of developing.

Agreed!

i'm quite sure the delay in oking apps like twee, tweed, and others is a bigger deterrent then some guy on in a comment sections. not to mention if the guy is complaining that there aren't any good apps it should be more encouragement to those developers as there is a clear void and thus opportunity to fill it. Rewarding bad apps is just going to encourage more bad apps.

Question, Can a dev create an app capable of storing (securing /password protecting) pictures or mpeg file types? It would be nice to place ones pictures under lock and key, so they can't be as easily viewed as they are now. Or if one could figure how to lock/password protect the current photo app.

Is it possible to make a Spell Check App for email with the current SDK? I'm sick of having to go back and proof read all of my emails for spelling errors. Also, I am dying w/out a doc editing app.

Sorry but Trivia & Picture games are pretty much worthless to a business user.

im waiting for an app that displays real-time sports scores. ideally something that can handle multiple professional sports. i jumped from an iphone 3g and am basically looking for something like "ESPN ScoreCenter."

Stopped by a VZ store today to peek at the Droid phones...Good Lord that Motorola phone is OOOOgly with a capital OOOOG. All function and no form. I thought the interface was too busy. Navigation was just confusing. Seems like it has a steeper learning curve than WebOS. I'm used to the simplicity of a Palm interface, from Palm OS to WebOS. Maybe I'm just a minimalist. Reminds me of my Linux days. KDE vs Gnome. KDE had the pretty, but busy GUI; trying to give the user everything under the sun. Gnome, like WebOS, quite the opposite. Very clean. Ironic since the Google site itself is so clean. The HTC seemed a little less hard on the eyes, like they had actual designers working on the product. Read something on here I agree with 100%. Google's going to have a hard time giving end users a consistent user experience with all the phone hardware manufacturers customizing Android to their liking. Apple and Palm, I think, are getting it right in the long run. Control the hardware AND the software. Then again, with Google more concerned about search and advertising, getting on as many handsets as possible is probably more important. Waited this long for something new from them, so I'm sticking with Palm until something game changing actually comes out.

I too, was looking at the Droid(from canada)Am still a iphone 3g owner and I really like my Pre for it can do,alot faster than the iphone.(boring if i can put it that way)You think i shouldn't get the Droid when it gets here in Canada?

I had occasion to play with a Droid phone a week ago -- helping someone with an HTC Hero figure out how to use a feature. I find the Pre way more elegant and usable. The Hero had more applications, but I'll hold on to my Pre, with the understanding that I'm using a 1.0 phone with a pre-1.0 application store that is a work in progress, and it will all get better.

Droid looks about as good as it will get. As finished as it will get. (Of course, this wasn't a 2.0 phone, but still.) Pre will get better and better.

I stopped by VZW to look at the DROID and ported my number. Bye Bye Pre! I really love WebOS but the lack of quality apps was killing me. The Android Market is loaded with some really good stuff. AND, of course it has a REAL Facebook app. I got to admit though, those Verizon network folks that you see following people around on their TV commercials must be on vacation because my internet was faster on Sprint! It probably has something to do with the fact that Vzw is way oversold in my market. I think 90% of people I know have them for their wireless carrier.

could you tell us more about the Droid when you've spent enough time with it? Pros and cons.I know alot of us are very frustrated with Palm with lack of support (apps and many software to make the Pre what it set out to do)At least,Palm should let the Palm Pre owners (a loyal bunch)know what's going on.I am not going back to a iphone upgrade and my alternative is the Droid, PERIOD!!! I'll hold on to the Pre as long as it takes until Palm tell me that the best they can do with the PRE.That's truly will be a very sad day indeed.
My phone is a Preeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

How much do you want for the pre?

How many apps did you actually expect within the first few months of the app store, especially so soon after the device launched? Android has a lead, of course, but to not expect that is simply idiotic.

the commentary on the quiz apps = hilarious!

what's the hack is going on with Palm? We canadian still stuck with 125 apps out of 356.I am fuming!!!#$%#@!*&%$ HELL!!

Here's what needs to happen gowing forward.
1. Visual Voice Mail
2. Video Recording
3. Open up webgl
4. Dump this Itunes direct sync crap. (Support third party open)
5. Optimize the Webos to use fewer resources.


The clock has started as soon as HTC Hero finds a fix for the text message battery drain issue I'm goine if we don't get this.

Like many of you I'm frustrated by the lack of practical apps, and I don't feel tech-savy enough to use home brew apps or classic mode. On top of more functional messaging, task and calendar applications, it's almost inexcusable in these times of hands-free car use that the phone does not have voice dialing. And I really need Documents To Go. I understand that it is in the works. I hope all the Splash apps will go WebOS soon. And I want the streaming radio apps that are available on the iPhone. A number of businesses, conventions and meetings that I'm involved with have iPhone apps which I doubt will ever come out on WebOS, but I have to accept that.

I know that the number of people using WebOS is a factor in creating apps as are developer accessibility and tools. I keep reminding myself that it took a year for the iPhone to have a full app store, but there seemed to be so much imminent promise about apps and the platform last June. We're almost at the half year point. Let's hope that the app tide changes soon.

At the risk of being flamed, is there anywhere on the internet (not on me Pre) I can see a list of all 356 official apps? I've searched all around the Palm and PreCentral site but can't find a list. When I look at the list on my Pre, I have to drill down by category, etc. Thanks in advance for any help.

That site doesn't seem comprehensive - only 45 paid apps? 145 in total? Surely it's missing 200 or so apps?

Is there anywhere else these can be found? It seems strange that Palm doesn't list them.

I can't find any others, but if you search for "Webos ap p list" anywhere there should be something

Shane,

WebOSAppReview is a wiki, similar to wikipedia.org (in fact, it is using the same software). This allows any user to add and edit content on the site.

I leave it up to users such as yourself to add content, as well as provide an outlet for WebOS developers to advertise their applications for free.

Ultralingua is a great example of a company who is utilizing webosapreview.com well. They have added a company profile, as well as descriptions and screenshots for 8 of their applications (see http://www.webosappreview.com/Category:Ultralingua )

I hope this clears things up.

I NEED:

1. A voice recorder. I didn't even check to see if the Pre would have one before I bought it, as it seemed so obvious. I thought this was an UPGRADE from my Treo, after all, and every other "smart" phone has a simple voice recorder, which I find to be an essential productivity tool. I've stuck with Palm for this long thinking that "surely an app will appear that will allow me to d this soon". Crappy that I'd have to pay extra for what should be included, but I'll happily do it to get this feature. So where the heck is this, Palm? How can you compete with iphone, Droid and others if you don't have STANDARD smart phone capabilities on your flagship phone almost half a year after release?

2. A decent task app. The app on the phone itself would be fine, if only I could sync it, which again, is ESSENTIAL to my workflow. I'd also like to be able to print the simple lists out for reference. Simple, standard stuff. Yes, there are "solutions" here but they are uniformly goofy - one of them formats them weird as it tries to port it over to other programs as a "sync", and the task app available in the catalog is just not any good. You can't even look at lists by context only, etc.

A task app should be no more than a simple place to collect lists of things that you can sync and print by context.(or all at once), that simple. Let me make lists based on contexts I choose, such as "@computer", "calls", etc. Let me look at those in the app by individual context my "@home" list, for instance, or all at once. And let me sync these simple lists with my computer or in the cloud and let me print lists easily, arranged by context, and with one command(so I don't have to go into ten different contexts and hit "print" on each one). That simple. Why is that so hard?

Those two things I NEED, right now, in order to continue using this phone. Otherwise I jump to something else.

I'd LIKE a bunch of other stuff - like simple video recording capability, so I can capture little moments with my family on the fly when I need to - you know, like I could with my TREO - an OLDER PHONE, of which the Pre is supposed to be an UPGRADE.

Come on, Palm. This is just infuriating now, and I've gone from enthusiastic on your products to cautiously waiting to now close to full, disgusted rebellion.

It's not very match.
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