Well, it’s finally happened. Palm recently pushed their WebOS Mojo SDK to all developers, so it was only a matter of time before the App Catalog was opened for business. Palm is firing up the WebOS App Catalog with an invitation to all WebOS developers to submit their premium (paid) or free WebOS apps for consideration. While developers are free to submit any type of app, Palm is asking that apps are “useful and engaging to users,” “have an appealing design and user interface,” coded specifically for the WebOS, make use of device hardware (GPS, accelerometers) and WebOS features (notification, multi-tasking), and that they don’t run slow or crash. In return, Palm is providing WebOS developers with a credit-card processing system to handle payments and market the app in the App Catalog.
Palm’s App Catalog e-commerce program is still a beta-stage initiative, which explains why devs are being asked to email their app submissions. Palm says it will take 30% of revenues generated through app sales and that the e-commerce beta program is limited to the US. Unfortunately, there’s no mention of recurring billing or in-app billing – devs are so far only allowed to charge a one-time fee for an app.
For developers, this e-commerce beta program allows you to get your wares in the public eye before Palm opens up the App Catalog to any and all developers. Devs are asked to submit their app to firstname.lastname@example.org. Head over to Palm’s developer blog for details on how to submit your app to the App Catalog.