Palm Closed App Catalog to Imported Pre’s

December 7th, 2009 by Arjan Olsder Posted in Platforms: PalmOS | No Comments »

Palm-one Palm has decided to disallow imported Pre’s access to the App Catalog. This software block comes with the 1.3.1 OS update that has been dispatched by Palm toward all Pre owners.

The blocking routines check the origin of the phone (probably based on some UID) and compares that to the network of the SIM card. When those two don’t match up, access to the App Catalog is prohibited. As a result, developers will be losing a part of the audience that is willing to invest in having an exclusive device and so, are probably happy to spend money on software.

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    Arjan Olsder is the Vice President of Pixalon Studios. Opinions expressed on this publication do not have to represent those of Pixalon Studios.


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