byjzilber09-28-201010:20 AM - edited 10-19-201009:56 AM
The Palm webOS community has become a vital part of the overall platform ecosystem. Like any good user community, they provide peer-to-peer support to each other, and indispensable feedback to Palm. But for the webOS community, that’s just the beginning.
One aspect of the webOS platform that’s become incredibly popular is the “homebrew” phenomenon. Developers are free to distribute a broad range of apps and patches that do things that go beyond the officially supported development environment. Apps need to adhere to the official guidelines if their developers aim to publish them in Palm’s App Catalog, but developers can also opt to distribute their apps through other channels.
The upshot is that a robust community of developers and fans has evolved around homebrew apps, beta apps, and unofficial system tweaks. Palm generally can’t offer support for these apps, but we do support the community’s ability to create and use them (at their own risk).
Palm has created some great ways for customers to discover new apps – through the App Catalog, on the palm.com website, on our social media channels like facebook.com/palm and twitter.com/palm, and through an app called Featured Apps. Likewise, the extended community has created several parallel paths for discovering apps available outside the Palm App Catalog.
To give our customers an overview of some of the fun and useful ways of discovering these alternative sources for apps, we thought it would be appropriate to invite a member of the webOS community to be your tour guide. So in a recent post on the Palm blog, Tim Stiffler-Dean did just that. Tim has become known in the community as a contributor to independent blogs like PreCentral.net and webOSroundup.com, as @anotherguy on Twitter who pushed the limits of his Palm Pre to see if he could live without a computer (he could), and as a frequent “twinterviewer” of notable webOS developers.
Check out Tim’s post on the Palm blog – not only will you discover some new ways to discover new apps, but you may also discover some new ways to connect with the Palm webOS community.