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Palm drops app submission fees for App Catalog, refunding current devs

by Dieter Bohn Wed, 30 Jun 2010 9:38 am EDT

Emails are flooding in from developers that Palm is dropping the $50 fee that used to be required to get your app listed in the official app catalog. On top of that, they're refunding the fee that current developers have paid to get their apps submitted. Seriously. Emphasis ours below:

These are exciting times for Palm and our developer community. The Hot Apps promotion that we kicked off back in February is about to end with over 400 developers receiving a share of a million dollars. We recently launched the Summer Half Off promotion—a 50% discount for nearly every app in our catalog that was funded by Palm; developers still get their full earnings for each sale, but customers get half off. And we're just getting started.

In July, we're launching the new PDK Hot Apps promotion—another million dollars to developers, this time focused on the C/C++ apps that were excluded from the original Hot Apps promotion.

And we have one more program change that will benefit all developers. When we launched the developer program, we introduced a $50 per app fee to submit apps into our catalog. Effective immediately, we're waiving this fee and refunding to all developers any $50 fees collected in the past. If you're one such developer, you will see a credit in your PayPal account in the near future.

Thank you for being part of the webOS community. We will continue to evolve the Developer Program as together we build an incredible application catalog for customers.

If you have any questions about these upcoming changes, please contact us at

That, friends, is some serious support for developers and, to our eyes anyway, a clear sign that HP is serious about spurring app development on webOS in any way possible - including letting Palm burn some cash to get things moving

Thanks to everybody who sent this in!