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Postgame report: webOS Developers Meetup in NYC 2/24 11

by Jonathan I Ezor#IM Mon, 28 Feb 2011 2:31 pm EST

On February 24, PreCentral's Jonathan I. Ezor, Adam Marks and Eli Gee (aka Mahootzki and the person behind the PreCentral Twitter account) joined close to 30 other attendees at the Touro Graduate School of Business for the latest New York webOS Developers Meetup. While this was not an official Palm/HP event, the good folks at the Palm Developer Team arranged for Josh Marinacci to join the meeting via Skype and answer developers' questions, which he did for at least 30 minutes. Palm also sent some nice giveaways, including Angry Birds hats and stickers, as well as two unlocked developer Pre 2s, which were won by Faheem Smart and Nick (Dropboxify) Z.

(The PreCentral store will also be sending a free Palm Leather Side Case to everyone who attended.)

As far as the actual discussion, there wasn't a huge amount of news made; Josh, while extremely engaging with the developers, was very discreet about questions of product release dates, carriers and the like. Still, we did learn (or confirm) a few things, including that the NFC-like Touch-to-Share technology in the Pre 3 and TouchPad (Josh wasn't sure about the Veer) sends its information via Bluetooth, and that the Pre 3 will have "enterprise-level security," which was a welcome statement.

Josh did, though, repeatedly say that if developers want a particular feature or function in the upcoming APIs (Touch-to-Share, etc.), they should let Palm know now. It seems like a great opportunity for developers to not only participate in, but position their own product plans well for, future versions of webOS.

Thanks to Palm, the PreCentral store, and the NY-area webOS developers and supporters who came out last Thursday for a fun and interesting evening.

(By the way, Elizabeth Woyke of Forbes, who also attended, did a nice blog writeup of the event and the excitement within the webOS Development Community. You can read it here.)



Nice re-gift Palm, classic! lol

If the NFC like communication is really bluetooth, does that mean bluetooth will have to essentially be set at "always on," and if so, won't that be a constant load on the battery?

I actually asked that question. He said that it might be a "turn on to send" type thing, but he really was not sure of the answer

Does Bluetooth support multiple, simultaneous connections? Basically, can I "Touch-to-Share" while also on my phone via a Bluetooth headset? I can imagine being on my phone as I'm getting ready to walk out the door and wanting to TtS something from my TouchPad, like directions, before I head out.

At the event I asked two questions to Josh...

(1) Will there be tools to help developers migrate their Mojo based applications to the Enyo framework?

Paraphrased Response: We are working on a way to make that migration as simple as possible, and part of that migration may include tools.

(2) How will Beats Audio manifest itself in the TouchPad? Will it actually be a differentiator for the consumer? Will the TouchPad sound significantly better (than a Laptop/Other tablets)?

Paraphrased Response: Audio sounds really good on the TouchPad with Beats.

If anyone remembers the responses differently please feel free to add more details.

Why are we still using "Palm"?

It looks like the Touch-to-Share feature will be working like my current bluetooth set up. You have to always pair two things together to communicate.

Example: You get home, turn bluetooth on on the Pre 3 and TouchPad. Put the Pre3 on that new shiny HP Touchstone V2 charger that we haven't seen yet. Have we? You wait until they pair and Voila!!!!!! You're all good to go. Oh, I forgot to mention, you might want to stay within 30ft for the connection at all times.

Fortunately my bluetooth is a bit easier than than. If I am using my bluetooth speakers I just leave it on all the time. I have it set to automatically pair with the things I have already paired it to. So, I can walk leave the office with it playing on my bluetooth speaker; get in the truck and it automatically pair with my bluetooth audio system; then go in the house and pair with another bluetooth speaker system they same as in my office.

Maybe I am missing something. If they are not using NFC, why do the units need to "touch" or get really close together. Bluetooth can happen from many feet away. Why wouldn't there just be a touch button on the screen to say "transfer this"?

Wow a 1 in 14 chance to get a Pre 2, maybe I should've gone after all.

This is how you do it:

Google gifts Xoom tablets to game devs at GDC 2011
By Sean Hollister posted Mar 1st 2011 4:22PM

Google's notoriously generous at developer events, tossing out free devices like candy on Halloween, but here at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco it's letting them flow like wine. Each attendee at Google's Web Developer Day yesterday got a free Cr-48 laptop, and today the company dished out even greater prizes -- either a free Motorola Xoom tablet or a Nexus S smartphone to every soul listening to some exceedingly well-attended technical sessions on Android. That's certainly one way to attract game developers to your platform.

Hey guys: Josh Marinacci from the Palm Developer Team says "the Pre 3 will have enterprise-level security." Does that mean the Veer will NOT have enterprise-level security? Hopefully this was just an imprecise answer or quote. As far as I can imagine, the security components would be all software based and would be equally available across all of the new devices. I'd love to hear a response about the enterprise security support on the various devices. Thanks, Sam