As far as I know the Prr uses apps built in CSS HTML and Javascript. Am I right in thinking that this is quite similar to web apps on the iPhone, and if it is then isn’t that quite a light set of technologies for something as ‘groundbreaking’ as the Pre?

Does anyone use web apps on the iPhone?

Posted from my iPhone

4 comments

  1. It’s true it’s relatively lightweight but it presents a very low initial barrier to development.

    It’s not true that it’s the same thing as iPhone webapps, they’re merely a Safari wrapper around a webpage. Palm provide a series of APIs (Mojo framework?) which are very powerful, and the assets can be stored locally rather than ‘in the cloud’.

    The widgets we use on the Vista, KDE and the OSX dash are all made in a similar way. See also Yahoo! widgets (formerly Konfabulator).

    It’s certainly adequate for the types of app that the Pre is aimed at; quick access to essential personal information and providing high-relevancy reference information.

    I think it becomes clearer when one looks at the lineage of these machines:
    iPhone: iPod (entertainment device) + phone
    Treo/Pre: PalmPilot (PIM) + phone

  2. I also really do hope that iPhone bring more PIM functionality. It will really do create a perfect device, as for me and mr. pig hood above.

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