A year ago HP bought Palm. Palm was already slowing down innovation before the acquisition. Naturally time was lost also during the integration and new orientation of webOS. Android and the iOS have continued to grow during that time. Now the new webOS and new Palm devices are here. What is missing is a broad developer support and of course users. HP is releasing some cool Palm phones this month like the tiny Veer. There is a chance that Palm can at least over take Windows Phone.
Developers are possibly harder to convince as the potential earnings on the Apple and Android platform are so very tempting. The HP webOS Developer blog published 10 Reasons for Geeks to Love HP webOS. None of those reasons is to make money. HP highlights that webOS is Linux and based on familiar technologies. Becoming a developer is free and HP has supposedly awesome developer support. I just list here the titles of the 10 reasons. For a fill read you can go here.
#1: It’s free.
#2: We give you full access to your device.
#3: It’s Linux.
#4: A lot of it is familiar technology.
#5: The source is easy to find.
#6: Our tools are hardcore developer-friendly.
#7: You can try cutting edge stuff.
#8: Our developer support is awesome!
#9: webOS Homebrew Rocks!
#10: Your open source project can make a difference.
These are all fine reasons, but a geek needs to make a living too. Sure there are geeks out there that code just for fun and don't care to make a dime. But even coding for fun is even more fun when you can sell your app.