|by Shawn Brown on September 23rd, 2009|
Many people are doubting the Pre and webOS because of its lack of applications compared to the ever popular iPhone. There are many factors to take into account when trying to explain just why this is such as the quality over quantity policy Palm is going by, we don’t want to see 95 lighter apps and 382 bible apps we want new and useful applications that have not been done 20 times before.
One angle we don’t take into consideration is a backup in the application approval process. Apparently so many developers have submitted applications that Palm is having a really hard time trying to keep up. Palm Developer Community Manager Chuq Von Rospach posted a comment on the issue in the Palm developer discussion boards:
We got more applications than we could handle well, which is a good problem to have. Unfortunately, it means we dropped some things on the floor, and that’s bad, but with the impending “stuff” that’s coming, this is all going to get a lot easier for everyone and a lot more transparent.
If you didn’t get a response in a timely manner, let me apologize to you. We should have done a better job on this, and I apologize for this. I’m working with the people I work with on this to try to make sure we do a better job of this moving forward. Good news is we’ve hired some people — one’s started, one starts next week, and the third starts the week after that, and that’ll give us some great people and some new resources to make sure this gets fixed and works properly.
While a good problem to have this is not all good as we won’t be seeing a lot of applications that are ready to go till they are approved, if only there was a pending applications section in the App Catalog. We give Palm a big pat on the back for being clear and upfront about the issue so there is no one left wondering what is going on.