Despite being saved by HP (who bought Palm for $1.2 billion), it looks as if Apple’s other nemesis is removing every barrier in order to attract developers upon their (dying) platform.
Palm is also trying to increase interest in their applications by offering a 50% discount on the majority of their catalog, starting immediately. The good news for developers is that they will still be paid the full amount, despite the discount given to customers by Palm. (CrunchGear)
According to CrunchGear, Palm is also waving the $50 application fee which was already half of what Apple is currently charging developers to create apps for iOS 4.
Despite revamping webOS and launching on AT&T (Apple’s home carrier) among other carriers, Palm has failed to gain significant market share against the iDevice.
To make matters worse, Google’s success with Android has also deflated Palm’s hope of challenging Apple in what apparently is becoming a crowded market (with Blackberry and Nokia even fighting it out with Cupertino).
Hopefully Palm can attract developers to webOS before Microsoft debuts their Windows 7 Mobile phone, as the latter could put the final nail in the coffin for HP’s newest smartphone device.