HP says it is "getting ready to launch the Pre 3" and wants developers to submit apps

HP says it is
HP is hoping that developers are up to challenge of producing more apps for the App Catalog, especially with the HP Pre 3 on the way. An email was recently sent to developers and hopefuls. HP said that those who already have an existing webOS app can check to see if the software will work on the Pre 3 by accessing a new emulator that will be made available later this week for those developers belonging to HP's Early Access program. Those not in the program can join by sending an email to PDC@palm.com. Right now, the Palo Alto based company is testing existing smartphone apps to see if they are compatible with the Pre 3. If you have a new app for the HP Pre 3, you are requested to send it in to the App Catalog now.

We don't want to miss the forest for the trees, so lets step back a bit and look at the most important part of the email. Take away all of the sentences relating to apps and you are left with the message that the HP Pre 3 is getting ready to be released. This should really excite webOS fans who outside of the HP TouchPad have had to constantly hear about iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7 and even the BlackBerry OS. WebOS has become an afterthought and who was able to foresee all of this happening back at the CES in January 2009?

source: Engadget

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1. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 2011

Prefail. 3. Really 4. Nice job hp.

2. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Okay HP- second step in making WeBOS a player. (I do not count the Veer. That was practice.) The TouchPad is out, and there is a couple more versions coming, but the Pre 3 needs to make inroads for smartphones. It does not have to be a runaway hit. But it needs to sell decently and be well received. (Think Samsung Focus and HTC HD7 for Windows.) How many second chances do you get in the Mobile Industry? Take advantage of this one. WeBOS is a ready for prime time OS. Support it like it is.

3. christianqwerty

Posts: 467; Member since: May 05, 2011

i played with my friends palm pre, it has great potential, my next phone will be a web os phone if they make a 3.5+ inch screen:)

6. depeche

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Pre 3 has a 3.6" 24 bit display and a lot of other hardware upgrades... OS will be updated and the apps should roll in as well.. HP will transition to another device in the next six months or so.. This could be a new beginning for webOS

8. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Christian - this will be a great device - if you can live without apps, if the reception is better. My Pre on AT&T drops to no bars, while my Son's LG feature phone still has 3. I cannot tell you how enjoyable WeBOS is though. True multitasking is a blast. I am all but sold on a W7 device next, but I will give the Pre 3 a look. If you are still up in the air on what device is next for you, let HP have a shot. Give it a try!!

4. OriginalPreGuy unregistered

Last time I checked, WebOS needed apps 2 years ago... and we are still waiting... "HP is hoping that developers are up to...". Last time I checked "hope" is not a strategy.

5. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

If the Pre 3 hopes to gain any success, then it'll need to be released on at least ALL of the major carriers OR at the very least, Verizon and AT&T, since Sprint isn't supporting webOS anymore and T-Mobile is going to be bought out anyway. I played around with both the original Pre and Pixi and I actually like webOS. HP, honestly, just needs to build better hardware. webOS has SO much potential, but it just needs the right hardware. I honestly don't want HP to start licensing it to other OEMs because I'll be afraid that they'll trying to skin an already beautiful OS.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

This is why Palm failed so horribly. First the original Palm Pre was a success because we never saw anything like it. Until the Droid came out and blew it away, it was the next thing to the iphone. However they didn't step it up from there. Where Android was releasing phones left and right for everyone. The Palm Pre was still hanging around by itself all that time and people stopped caring. The Palm Pre 2 was just a refresh that nobody paid any attention to and this will be no different.

9. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

To be far, Palm took the Apple approach and decided to NOT license it to other hardware vendors. The cause for much of Android's success is because so many manufacturers can make phones for it, since it's open source. webOS is a brilliant mobile phone OS, everybody knows it. However, the only thing holding it back was the hardware. I was hoping that with HP, better hardware was coming. Sadly, even HP is having second thoughts and is talking about licensing it. I think with the release of the TouchPad, HP can develop webOS phones that are just full touch screens. They also need to work with different form factors when it comes to hardware designs.

10. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

*yawns* next. so...anyone seen Captain America?

11. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

3rd times a charm?

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