The excitement surrounding the Palm Pre and WebOS announcements is still quite high and is definitely the talk of CES 2009. Today, Palm posted some details on the Mojo application framework that developers will be able to use to write applications for the new device and OS. The hardware of the Pre is nice, but others have outstanding hardware as well. The success of the Pre and Palm comes down to the user experience, services, and developer support.With Mojo developers will be able to:
- Build applications with gesture-based navigation, transitions, and scrolling
- Use the WebOS notification system to alert users without interrupting them
- Leverage the local storage capabilities of HTML5 so that data is available even when users are offline
- Use a JSON-based message bus to tap into a wide range of device services, including contacts, calendars, and location
The encouraging news is that Palm also has methods to migrated existing PDB files to the new WebOS system. The SDK availability is vague right now, but Palm needs to get it out sooner rather than later to get developers on board. Unlike the few applications that launched with the T-Mobile G1 I think Palm needs to launch the Pre with a number of applications to show people they have support of the developer community.