Palm Opens Up Developer Program

The Palm webOS developer program is now open the company has announced.

Any developer can now go to the Palm Developer Center, sign up, and start developing and distributing applications for webOS devices.

“We’re thrilled to open the doors of a program that offers mobile developers unparalleled freedom and choice in how they distribute and market applications,” said Katie Mitic, senior vice president, Product Marketing, Palm, Inc.

“The combination of our highly accessible web-based platform, groundbreaking integration opportunities and open, flexible distribution program makes Palm webOS the best place for developers to create the next generation of innovative mobile applications.”

To kick off the official opening of the Palm Developer Center, the company is launching a $1 million Hot Apps bonus program for webOS developers. The program starts February 1 and runs through May 31. The program is open to developers worldwide and will award $1 million to the most successful applications distributed during this timeframe.

The developers of the top free and paid applications each will earn a $100,000 bonus; in addition, 40 developers will receive $10,000 (20 each for free and paid), with 400 developers awarded $1,000 (200 each for free and paid). Awardees will be notified in June.

Each element of the Palm developer program is designed to help developers promote their work and drive application sales and downloads. Developers receive a 70/30 split (developer/Palm) of gross revenues generated through sales (after applicable taxes).

By Mike Sachoff

Mike is a staff writer for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest ebusiness news.

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