Do Palm Pre owners have to look to the past to get apps?

Do Palm Pre owners have to look to the past to get apps?

Summary: Come on now people, let the Palm OS apps go and move on to the future of mobile technology. I received an email notifying me that MobiHand and MotionApps announced the grand opening of the MobiHand Classic App Store that is dedicated to offering those ancient Palm OS apps to run in the MotionApps Classic Palm OS emulator. It seems a bit sad that there are still so few apps for the WebOS and Palm Pre while the Classic Palm OS emulator has to be promoted as the place to get applications.

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Come on now people, let the Palm OS apps go and move on to the future of mobile technology. I received an email notifying me that MobiHand and MotionApps announced the grand opening of the MobiHand Classic App Store that is dedicated to offering those ancient Palm OS apps to run in the MotionApps Classic Palm OS emulator. It seems a bit sad that there are still so few apps for the WebOS and Palm Pre while the Classic Palm OS emulator has to be promoted as the place to get applications.

I installed the trial of Classic back when I had my Palm Pre, but did not find it valuable enough to pay the $30 for it at the time. I only really used it for two applications, MyBible from Laridian and Tide Tool. The problem was that more than 1/3rd of the display was taken up by the virtual Grafitti area and there was no way to minimize this like I used to on my Palm Tungsten T3. If I could have minimized this and used the full display for reading and viewing then I probably would have purchased Classic on the Pre.

While it is true that you can run hundreds of the old Palm OS applications, you should be able to do most of what you need in modern applications that have better user interfaces and are optimized for today's high end hardware.

Am I being too harsh on the Palm OS apps or do you agree with me that it is time to cut loose and live in the present?

Topics: Operating Systems, Hardware, Mobile OS, Mobility, Software, Wi-Fi

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  • oh god

    "I only really used it for two applications, MyBible from Laridian ..."

    enough said.
    bannedfromzdnetagain
    • Bigotry and Apps

      Oh the intolerance of the LEFT. LOL when wil it ever end? That woud not be mycup of TEA. but to each their own,isn't that what you guys push as your moto? I know it is all propaganda but still.

      You should give Palm a little bit more time.It has just been a little over 2 weeks since they did their SOFT Premiere of the Phone. At least wait until they actually do a full fledged marketing campaign or give them as long as it took the Iphone to get an APP store and push out a wide selection of APPS.
      quixel
  • Because, frankly, PalmOS has some very nice applications.

    As old as it may be, PalmOS had some really nice apps. Very many of them were actually useful.

    Alas, in our world of "social media" I'm just not seeing the quality I want in applications anymore.

    Everything is about "being connected" now and not about actually improving our lives in an actual [b]useful[/b] manner.

    Just found something called "TealAuto." Very useful. Available for PC, PalmOS, and Windows Mobile. The UI looks outdated, but it's very good at what it does.

    Why don't they make useful stuff like that anymore?

    No, really - why is [b]EVERYTHING[/b] all about being connected now, and nothing about actually helping our average, everyday life anymore?
    CobraA1
    • Because Frankly

      We care more about Flash and Style and Who or What is IPopular rather then Substance and Quality and Honesty and Hard Work as a Soceity. You can be the biggest crook and most Hateful Person but if people think you are cool or they think you look good or say the Popular things,You can Become the biggest Movie Star,Mid Day(modern day Angel)Goddess of Talk Tv,or even President.Doesn't take Quality or Substance but Advertising and the MEDIA pushing it as what is the thing to have or the way to think. SAD SO VERY SAD. yes it is sheep that fal for this but the world are full of sheep, look around your friends and I am sure a few of them have Iphones,You too know some sheep.
      quixel
      • Totally agree with you here

        People are definitely sheep when it comes to
        the IN thing. 3 years ago I received a Creative
        Zen Vision:M 30GB version and absolutely love
        it. It works with ANY drag and drop media
        utility and it had options on it I love and
        use, while the iPod locks you in to iTunes and
        had less functionality (but was the IN thing to
        have). So needless to say I would have people
        telling me that I made a terrible buy. I don't
        know about you, but terrible/functionality is
        in the eye of the beholder. To me the iPod at
        the time of the Zen Vision:M was all flash and
        no substance, while the Zen was quite powerful
        and fit my needs. My Zen is outdated now, but
        it still provides me with what I wanted and it
        is going strong. Media is definitely to blame,
        just go to your local Wal-Mart and try to find
        something that isn't "All the rage". You can't,
        and if you do it is in an obscure location in
        the store. Just look at Microsoft Xbox 360 and
        Sony Playstation 2 & 3 game cases a couple
        years back. Now if you look PS3 is down to
        single case (your mileage will vary depending
        on store) and the 360 will have 4-6 cases (I
        count cases from the glass sliders on the
        case). Needless to say popularity is an evil
        thing in the face of innovation, but we need
        competition to create better products. So my
        hope is that the Palm Pre will be the little
        engine that could and once the SDK is released
        this summer that we will see mountains of apps
        rolling in by fall and winter of this year.
        Well that's enough for me today, I'm signing
        off.
        imkain@...
  • RE: Do Palm Pre owners have to look to the past to get apps?

    this article was completely useless!
    rsaletta
  • RE: Do Palm Pre owners have to look to the past to get apps?

    Given that Palm have not released an SDK for "real"! apps yet, the only kind you can get for PalmOS, why would you be surprised that there are few apps to compete with the PalmOS library?

    What you do get are iPhone type apps, task specific UI's for some service not located on the handset itself. Since the Palm library was built up from the PDA days (read "no data connections"), the apps are built for self sufficiency rather than dependency (on the server).

    I'm afraid that you will have to wait a long time to see these on the Pre, which, like the iPhone, is less a tool than a piece of technical jewellery.
    MrBeck
  • Depends

    does the present provide ALL of the legacy specialty software?
    zclayton3
  • Many iPhone! apps work on the Pre

    Remember the early days of the iPhone -- before their App Store -- when Apple claimed that there was "No SDK Needed" and told everybody to go ahead and make Web Apps instead of native apps for the iPhone?

    Make them they did, as the iPhone had a Webkit-based browser and cool functionality. You know another phone with the same? Yep, the Pre. Most of those web apps designed for the iPhone work just fine on the Palm Pre.

    There's a list of them at http://www.apple.com/webapps/
    spreng
  • It is worthly in the meantime.

    1.-It is about how much do you invested on apps.
    2.-There are a lot of Ereader app users who bought a
    lot of ebooks.
    3.-Epocrates for MD is a very useful app, as well.

    4.- Classic $29,99/30.000 apps=$0,000999 cents per app
    5.- Classic $29,99/120 apps right now working on more
    or less =$0,249 cents per app.
    6.-It will take some time to have an original Palm
    WebOS similar app.
    7.-It is worthly in the meantime.
    francisco1de9jess46@...