Preliminary studies have shown that software developers working with location-based services weren’t all that keen on the Palm Pre’s operating system, WebOS, but anecdotal evidence suggests other types of devs are actually really excited about the platform.
“It’s a completely new way of thinking about an OS on mobile devices,” says Christian Sepulveda, vice president of business development at Pivotal Labs. … “webOS has fully embraced the notion of applications running at the same time, as PCs do… You can now write applications that are more complex.”
“Palm started with a clean sheet of paper,” says Tom Conrad, CTO for Pandora … “Everything about the Pre feels like it’s ‘future-oriented,’ not an iPhone-inspired knockoff. … Palm has all kinds of great APIs to talk with the rest of the Pre architecture, to get location data, for example.””
“I think you always run the risk of a programmer running amuck,” says Eric Marthinsen, a partner at Agile Commerce … “But the way Palm has approached multitasking is very smart. It really mitigates that risk.”
[via The Standard]