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For those keeping score in the mobile software wars, it’s roughly 100,000 to 10,000 to 300. That’s the number of available apps for iPhone, Android, and webOS devices, respectively. Although the number of apps for Palm is relatively much smaller, it is growing at a decent […]

palm-pre-app-catalogFor those keeping score in the mobile software wars, it’s roughly 100,000 to 10,000 to 300. That’s the number of available apps for iPhone, Android, and webOS devices, respectively. Although the number of apps for Palm is relatively much smaller, it is growing at a decent clip now. But I really thought it would move along a little quicker. After all, the bulk of the application coding — aside from the SDK that provides functionality to access the hardware and such — is HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

findapps_2009-30-10_104139Palm’s big push was that it’s easy to code webOS apps, so the thought was that developers would jump on it. Unfortunately, lower sales than that of its competitors isn’t giving devs the incentives they need. Oh well, there’s still some good apps in there and more on the way.

I’m now trying to decide if I need a dedicated RSS reader for my Pre, because I saw Scoop for $0.99. The screen shots looks decent and the app works directly with Google Reader, which I use. Scoop supports the “starring” feature of Google Reader, which is handy for saving interesting reads. Article sharing works too, so I have to figure out if I want a client for RSS or if the mobile Google Reader site is good enough. I’m not thrilled with how the Google’s mobile RSS works in landscape, so Scoop is probably worth the buck. I spent more than that on my cup of WaWa coffee this morning, so I’ll probably spring for Scoop. ;)

  1. I like using the iPhone version of Google Reader on the Pre. Works well, but I tend to only use it in portrait.

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  2. Kevin, if I’m not mistaken in the time the Pre store got it’s first 300 apps the Apple store added 25,000 apps? Is that about right?

    I also believe the Microsoft store opened with 20,000 apps.

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    1. The iPhone took a lot longer than 4 months to get its first 25,000 apps, considering apps didn’t even come until 2.0.

      As for the Microsoft store opening with 20,000 apps, none of those were actually new apps, but Windows Mobile has been around for so long that when they finally made an app store they had a ton to choose from.

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  3. You should check out NewsRoom in the App Catalogue, very sleek and intuitive RSS reader. However, it doesn’t sync with Google Reader.

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  4. Jeremiah Owen Friday, October 30, 2009

    I picked up Scoop really cool and exactly what I was looking for. My biggest complaint about the iPhone GReader is that you always have to be so precise when clicking the “mark all as read links” and other links.

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  5. Crikey, I can’t wait til we get a working App Catalogue here in the UK as I really fancy the look of Newssroom and Scoop. Anyone got an opinion of which is the better of the two?
    murrayalex

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  6. yes but they’ve got a backlog of thousands, they need to adopt googles policy of approval instead of apples. They simply don’t have enough man power

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  7. kingcobra2010 Friday, October 30, 2009

    Before you buy any phone think long and hard. Do you want a phone that is old tech (iphone) and the only reason you buy it because your friends have one. Or do you want to be the first phone that will impress your friends and will than likely be the standard after people realize its functionality. When the palm pre was released, it was only meant for business persons. The main reason there were complaints because the phone was bought by people who did not need the pre’s functionality and expected a iphone feel. Do not get me wrong. Iphone made the scene and they brought a lot to the table. Now, however, they have not progressed & they have locked out possible functionality because of greed. It reminds me when I was a pc guy (ever since I finished with the vic 20 and commodore 64) but then I changed to mac. Win 7 was the last windows operating system I used because it is just crap (even though more people use windows does not mean it is good – mac is definitely better now). I still use xp for some of my older programs. Just like the iphone was good then but now it just does not meet the standard (more like a teenagers phone now). If you are still using the iphone, then your just letting life pass you by. Once the palm pre gets the flash 10 working on the phone, then it will be more of a dual purpose professional/teenager phone. I can see teenagers playing flash games on the pre while also listening to music, looking at flash trailers of movies while there out with there friends to see what they will watch after a test/dinner, etc. I speculate that once flash hits the mobile pda/netbook/phone market, palm pre will surely be the winner. The droid will run flash just like the winmo phones -> very very slow if your multitasking flash. See example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a47Z-A81HOU. If they used the droid phone to show off flash the same way -> the film would have been laughable (droid does semi multitasking and definitely can not multitask resource hog programs like flash). Droid definitely would have either crashed or your system would start to look like it is in slow mo. If you have a winmo phone you probably know what I mean when i say slow mo. If you want a very good phone, then get a palm pre because in the near future I suspect everyone else will be using the pre if they can weather the misinformation about the phone. PS Do not look at megapixels when you are deciding on your phone pic. 3 vs 5 megapixels will not produce a difference. If you want great pictures then get an slr camera not a camera phone. And if you want great video get an hd camcorder instead of using your phone. Soon palm pre will be able to get vid recording for your youtube pages. Android is just winmo with a different name (hefty, slow and truly untested on its multitasking statement but we will see it fall flat when tested with flash this year). 

    The only reason that iphone has been around is because it is a phone built around teenager habits with a little business function in it. If you look at webos, then you will see that it is a better match for netbooks. Once flash comes out the battery drain that it will produce on the google os will make it a weaker candidate for the netbook market versus webos. Also once flash comes out for the palm pre, we will see that palm will be able to take a good piece of the teenager iphone market with free flash games instead of paid for iphone apps. The future is here and webos is definitely the winner. Like i said android is just winmo with a different name. You guys need to test the true power comparison of the phone. i am no talking about processor power. Everybody knows that mac can startup, shutdown faster than the comparable pc with similar hdd, ram, vid card, processor. The os is the true decider of speed and functionality. Please test flash running in multiple applications (pre vs droid vs winmo). That will give you true insight. Flash dominates the media market and if the advertising market wants more viewer time then they need to push for more flash on phones. Especially the palm pre phone since it is the best suited phone for the demands of flash currently. But lets see what the test show. 
    PS If you guys are truly at the tech forefront then you will see that this as a definite task that needs to be performed.

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    1. I fully agree with kingcobra2010.

      I think that, not only Webos is more advanced and has better architecture than iPhone or Android OSes.

      I think that the Pre and Webos are providing what iPhone offers to geeks and what my Palm PDA (V and T|X), and this very valuable because I’ll be able to get rid of my T|X and my iPhone 1…when Palm distribute the Pre in France.
      I don’t understand why it’s not available yet, as it’s available everywhere else (USA, Canada, UK, germany , Spain and soon Mexico). It looks to me as a stupidly short sighted decision to save money.
      If they don’t give information about distribution in France, i’ll have a look at thé Droid or the iPhone 3GS and keep my T|X for another couple of years.

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  8. Hey… great comments and insight kingcobra2010. Wow. So… I am torn between the palm pre and Android. You imply that Android is just WinMo dressed up, and that it truly is not a multitasking phone. Could you PLEASE substantiate those comments with additional facts and detail? I for one would really like to have the benefit of this information, and your apparent insight into this before making my decision.

    I am looking at Palm Pre, Samsung Moment, HTC Hero type phones, although I feel reserved about the hero due to the lack of keyboard.

    Please comment back. Thanks.
    BigCrossHoss

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  9. Funny how webOS is now the flavour of the day. When all the iPhone had was web apps everyone(with a bias) panned it, saying it was not the real thing. Now it has a huge app store the reverse is being pushed.
    Ironic eh?
    100,000, 10,000, or 100 is of no import whatsoever – it’s whether you can find the ones you want and do they do the job you want. Apple’s Appstore needs some serious search filters.
    Oh, and by the way, there are plenty of web apps for the iPhone too

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    1. what i also find funny is that, MAC vs PC = which has more apps?

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  10. “Palm’s big push was that it’s easy to code webOS apps, so the thought was that developers would jump on it. Unfortunately, lower sales than that of its competitors isn’t giving devs the incentives they need. Oh well, there’s still some good apps in there and more on the way.”

    Two problems are that the SDK is not sophisticated enough for many apps and developers, and that it provides no way to protect source code (it’s all fully visible, and obfuscation is not a solution as most devs know). I honestly do not see serious developers sinking a lot of time/money into this platform until their is a way to protect their intellectual property.

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