Palm Announces Public Beta PDK, Shows Off New webOS Games

Palm Announces Public Beta PDK, Shows Off New webOS Games

Palm used the Game Developers Conference to announce a public beta version of its webOS Plug-in Development Kit (PDK). The company is also showing off new games from early PDK developers at the conference.

Palm tells us more about the PDK:

The PDK complements the Palm webOS Software Development Kit (SDK), letting developers use C and C++ alongside the web technologies that power the SDK and mix them seamlessly within a single app. The PDK enables new functionality, including immersive 3D graphics, and gives developers who have built games for other platforms an easy way to bring their titles to the webOS platform. Developers can download the beta PDK and start developing today, but distribution of games built with the beta PDK will require functionality provided in an upcoming Palm webOS update.



As you'll recall, Palm introduced 12 games at CES in January that were built by four developers who had early access to the PDK. Since then, these early-access developers have added more than 20 webOS titles. New titles include:
  • “Apollo” (Laminar Research)
  • “Assassin’s Creed™ – Altair’s Chronicles” (Gameloft)
  • “Brothers In Arms®: Hour of Heroes” (Gameloft)
  • “Castle of Magic” (Gameloft)
  • “Deer Hunter 3D” (Glu Mobile)
  • “Dungeon Hunter” (Gameloft)
  • “Earthworm Jim” (Gameloft)
  • “Gangstar: West Coast Hustle” (Gameloft)
  • “Giant Fighting Robots” (Laminar Research)
  • “Guitar Hero 5 Mobile” (Glu Mobile)
  • “Hero of Sparta” (Gameloft)
  • “Real Soccer 2010” (Gameloft)
  • “Real Tennis” (Gameloft)
  • “World Series of Poker: Hold’em Legend” (Glu Mobile)
  • “X-Plane Airliner” (Laminar Research)
  • “X-Plane Carrier” (Laminar Research)
  • “X-Plane Extreme” (Laminar Research)
  • “X-Plane Glider” (Laminar Research)
  • “X-Plane Helicopter” (Laminar Research)
  • “X-Plane Racing” (Laminar Research)
  • “X-Plane Space Shuttle” (Laminar Research)

The PDK is available at the Palm Developer Center (developer.palm.com).
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This makes my point on a media player so valid. Why would I get a media player, when a decent smart phone does the same thing, and considerably more? They also have PDK's and other development packages depending on the phone and it's OS. Maybe PALM can use this and gain back a bit of market share. The more competitors on the market the better it is for consumers, on every end as far as I see it. Another thing this open development does is gain more real world apps created by me and you.

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