Palm Pre webOS Apps: Games, Yes. Farting, Not So Much | webOS Nation

Palm Pre webOS Apps: Games, Yes. Farting, Not So Much

by Dieter Bohn Mon, 13 Apr 2009 10:03 am EDT

We know that Palm is currently taking in a limited number of developers into the webOS development beta program.  So who's getting in?  Well, folks, we have good news and 'bad' news.

You see, there has been some concern that the Pre would not be up to snuff in a certain category of apps that have proven to be incredibly popular on both the BlackBerry and the iPhone.  This essential type of app is taken by many to be the key to a smartphone platform's success, without which is it likely to wither on the vine.

I speak, of course, of the Fart App.  It's not likely to be available at launch on the Palm Pre.  Adjust your expectations accordingly.  So much for the 'bad' news.

In our forums, Mahootzki noticed a comment by our favorite Developer Community Manager, Chuq Von Rospach:

Games are definitely NOT last on the list of priorities. They’re actually fairly high on the list; they’re also a very popular option for people submitting applications, which makes our life tough choosing — which is a good thing. Lowest thing on the priority list? Probably applications that emit noises that represent various bodily functions. But that’s just my opinion. [...]

Release this as a beta? Well, life is unfair. To be honest, one of the main reasons we’re limiting access now is to make sure that those that do get the SDK get really good support. It does nobody any good if they can get the code but can’t get their questions answered. We want to make sure that developers LIKE programming for the Pre, not just that they can.

Which leads us to the good news: games are coming and plenty of them, from the sound of it.  We're also going to point out that we're not complaining about Palm limiting this beta instead of making it wide open: they're doing it exactly right.  As Chuq notes, fewer developers in the beta means they get better support, which further means that the SDK itself will get better during this process before it's opened up to the wide, wide world.