There’s never been a better time to develop applications for Palm. The company, facing increasing competition from Google and Apple, has decided to discontinue the $50 fee developers previously had to pay every time they wanted to submit an app.
This isn’t something that current Palm developers need to get huffy about. Rather than just doing newcomers a favor, Palm has gone the extra mile towards winning over everyone by choosing to refund all the fees it collected in the past. (Look for a credit in your PayPal account if this applies to you.)
Then, in an email announcing the move (provided by Tam Hanna), Palm also reminded everyone about another important step it took: “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.”
Palm really appears to be trying to treat developers right at this point. There are still a lot of reasons to side with Google and Apple, of course, and even if these steps don’t count as “too little,” they might count as “too late.”
Porting an app or two and giving the Palm experience a shot may be worth doing, though.