Palm Gets Serious About Games for the webOS

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Few would argue that one of the weaknesses of the new webOS is gaming. At this point, there are barely a handful of games for the just-released Palm Pre, but Palm is hoping to change that.

According to a job listing posted online, this company is looking for “top-notch graphics engineers to create development tools for the Palm webOS.”

The listing goes on to say, “Palm has established a new software team to focus on building the best tools and technologies to allow game developers to design and develop innovative gaming applications for Palm’s WebOS platform.”

Not Focused on Games
As its name suggests, the webOS has a focus on the Internet, and the tools developers use to create software are web-related ones: HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript. These work well for creating some types of apps, but they aren’t what someone needs to develop graphics-intensive games.

Most of palm’s top competitors have a wide variety of games available for them, especially Apple’s iPhone. The paucity of games for the Palm Pre is surely hurting it in the market.

Palm recently released the SDK for the webOS, which should lead to more applications of all kinds for this operating system, but it will be some time before the new game-development tools are available, if this company is just now hiring its team to create them.

An Overview of the Palm Pre and the webOS
The Palm Pre uses Palm’s webOS, the replacement for the venerable Palm OS. This is a new, multi-tasking operating system able to wirelessly synchronize a wide variety of data with online services like Google and Facebook, as well as Microsoft Exchange.

Read Our Palm Pre ReviewThe Pre itself features a sliding keyboard as well as a multi-touch-capable 3.1-inch display. This device is also equipped with 8 GB of on-board storage (7 GB available to users), Wi-Fi b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, and a 3.0 megapixel camera with LED flash. 

This smartphone debuted first from Sprint, who added its mobile broadband service EV-DO Rev. A. 

A Canadian version will be released later this year, and this device will also be available in Europe in time for the holidays. The GSM version for Europe and Latin America is expected to have the 3G standard HSDPA.

Source: Mary-Margaret Network



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