No Palm webOS PDK Apps Until Later in the Second Half of 2010?

This seems like a bit of bad news. While Palm has announced the beta of the plug-in development kit (PDK), which allows developers to utilize C/C++ code alongside Mojo SDK code in webOS applications (including graphics-intensive games), they won’t be able to distribute those applications until an upcoming update.

According to Palm:

Q: Is the webOS PDK available now?

As Palm announced at GDC, developers can download a public beta of the PDK at the Palm Developer Center and begin developing today. Distribution of apps built with the public beta will require functionality provided in an upcoming Palm webOS update, to be released within the first half of this year. [Emphasis added.]

Q: When can developers distribute apps built with the webOS PDK?

Distribution of apps built with the public beta PDK will require functionality provided in an upcoming Palm webOS update, to be released within the first half of this year. The current version of webOS supports limited distribution of games built with the private early-access PDK, but the technologies and processes that enable this limited distribution don’t allow for wider distribution.

Anyone hoping for a deluge of apps ported from other platforms (including and perhaps particularly the iPhone App Store) will have to wait awhile. And now we officially have another update to speculate about, with the unfortunately vague “first half of this year” timeframe attached to it.

Arrgh.

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