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Palm accepting paid apps into App Catalog with e-commerce beta program

Palm is moving quickly towards expanding their App Catalog, recently inviting select webOS developers into an early submission process and hiring a Lead Administrator to make sure the submission process and other operations run smoothly. In their latest move, Palm has opened the doors to submissions to the App Catalog e-commerce beta program, giving you an opportunity to market your app to the webOS user base before the the program is opened to all developers "later in the year".

Details include:

  • You can charge a one-time download fee (no recurring billing option mentioned).
  • You receive 70 percent of all sales revenue (minus applicable sales taxes).
  • Users can purchase your app using a credit card, and apps will be downloaded OTA to their device.
  • The e-commerce user base will be initially limited to the United States.

To submit your app(s) for consideration:

  • Send an email to . In the subject of your email put your company followed by the name of your application (e.g. subject: My Company – My Application).
  • In the body of your email, include the following:
    • Your Palm webOSDev user name.
    • Whether the app will be free or paid; if paid, indicate the price (minimum of US $0.99).
    • A description of your application.
  • Attach the application package (.ipk file).
  • Send a separate email for each application.

This is a great opportunity to get your app noticed and be one of the first available for purchase in the App Catalog. Palm's commission structure looks similar to Apple's counterpart, and seems reasonable for the hosting, exposure, and e-commerce afforded to you through the App Catalog.

Of course, some guidelines will apply. You will need to fully test your application, it must be complete and compliant with Palm UI Guidelines, pass the Palm Application Checklist, and should be performance optimized. Check out Palm's official developer site for the latest info.

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