Palm Info Center has a transcript of an interview with Pandora's CTO about developing for Palm's new WebOS, the Linux-based operating system that will be powering the Pre — and presumably all future Palm handsets.
The takeaway? While the presentation does appear to be primarily HTML and CSS, making development of intense graphical applications pretty much impossible, for anything that isn't trying to use 3D or fancy 2D animations, WebOS should work just fine. (To fully compete with the iPhone, though, Palm will need to provide lower-level access so developers can write applications in C, etc.)
PIC: Right, right, obviously still a few months until release... so what's Pandora's take on their approach? I mean, they're going for this whole "synergy" thing where the OS integrates with the Internet quite heavily. Some people have been saying "Oh, you know, it's just web apps", that kind of thing, but other people seem to think that this is going to be some kind of new paradigm in mobile design. So what's your take on it – what's your thoughts on that?
Interview with Pandora About Developing for WebOS [PalmInfoCenter.com]
Previously • Seven features that make the Palm Pre better than the iPhone
• CES Video: Palm Pre Hands-On with Joel and Brownlee, post-review huddle with Ars Technica
• Rumor: Palm to release Pre for as low as $149 with contract, $399 without