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HP gearing up for Pre3 apps; Early Access emulator coming this week

by Derek Kessler Thu, 28 Jul 2011 5:57 pm EDT

We’re still expecting the HP Pre3 to come this summer (HP’s still got until September 23rd if we’re going by the heliocentric definition of summer), and they’re getting set to make the App Catalog available on the new big-screened webOS phone. In an email to developers, HP announced that they are now accepting App Catalog submissions for the Pre3 and is running through their existing catalog of smartphone apps and testing them for compatibility with the Pre3.

The device is likely to run webOS 2.2, and while that version of the OS will bring support for Touch-to-Share, we’re not sure what else might be in store. The Pre3 does, however, bring a larger and higher resolution screen to the game. In fact, the 480x800 screen of the Pre3 has more than double the pixel count of its 320x480 Pre-series predecessors. Those extra pixels can be used in one of two ways: to display more content, or to display the same content as before, but using more pixels so everything just looks sharper (and a bit bigger) instead of friggin’ tiny. As HP noted a while back when they posted their quick guide to what you’ll need to do to make apps for the Veer, TouchPad, and Pre3, the plan for the Pre3 is to scale Mojo apps up, which will result in fuzzy graphics if you don’t provide any of the larger-sized assets. So, developers, update your apps, please.

You’ll notice that we haven’t mentioned Enyo until now. That’s because it seems that HP has quietly backed away from their February declaration of support for Enyo apps on the Pre3 and webOS 2.2. Right now, it’s looking like support for Enyo apps on the Pre3 won’t be available at launch, though it’s possible it could come at a later point.

As we discussed back in February, right now developers are faced with the prospect of two different programming languages for two different webOS devices. There’s the HP TouchPad with Enyo magic, and the Veer and Pre3 getting by on the increasingly outdated Mojo. Developers can make Mojo apps that work in full screen on the TouchPad, but as we’ve seen, it’s rarely ideal. And Enyo might eventually come to the phones, but when that will happen is anybody’s guess. Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later. We’ll always love you Mojo, but it’s Enyo’s time to shine.

Source: HP [email]

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