07/13/2009, 01:08 PM
DISCLAIMER: This is sheer conjecture and I'm not a developer. I have no desire to start an argument and I'm a generally happy Pre user (with some bug-fix and feature requests). This is just a friendly discussion...
It seems to me that Palm is especially quiet about what's coming out next, when features will be added, which features are on the short list, when apps will hit the app store, and if they (Palm) even hear what users are begging for (demanding) in the form of features and bug fixes.
It also seems strange that Palm has said the reason for the SDK being slow to reach all developers who want it, is because they don't have sufficient resources to support the developer community. -- While that may be somewhat true, if the SDK was close to being finished, they could just release it with "limited developer support." (Ironically, that wouldn't be terribly different from how they're treating users with bug reports and feature needs these days, but I digress.)
Anyway, my guess is that the "real" reason is that Palm hasn't even finalized the Pre feature set and functionality. Lots of us have been half-joking that we feel like beta testers rather than just early adopters. I'm not so sure that's a stretch any more.
At their own admission, Palm is being very selective about who they allow to be an early development partner and they only bring in people/companies who have provided "detailed descriptions" of what they plan to develop. Could it be that they don't want developers to beat them to delivering core functionality? Could it be that they have one or more major system overhaul/updates planned which would "break" practically every 3rd party app out there, and they need to choke off the flow of apps until a few more major updates hit the Pre, so they aren't accused of letting people develop for an unfinished platform, and breaking 3rd party apps with every major update?
That would explain why no apps are hitting the app store, why the SDK isn't largely available, and why Palm is so quiet about practically everything.
Just a thought.