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Palm App Catalog passes 600K downloads, 30 titles

updated 07:10 pm EDT, Thu June 18, 2009

Palm Pre app catalog

In the short period of time since the Palm Pre launch, the company's App Catalog has surpassed 660,000 downloads, according to numbers gathered by Medialets. The number of apps started at 18 on the first day of availability, with 30 titles included by the end of the first week. Most of the content remains in beta for now, except for MotionApps' Classic.

While the numbers may seem modest compared to early performance from competitors, Palm has taken a unique approach with its SDK program. The company chose only a few select developers to work with the SDK before the public launch scheduled for later in the summer.

The App Catalog was launched at the same time as the handset, further limiting initial downloads to the first distribution of devices. Palm reportedly scaled back its first-run production.

The numbers are difficult to compare to the iPhone, which shipped a year before the App Store launch. Customers could choose from over 500 titles when the store went public. Apple's performance will be difficult to beat, considering the iPhone and iPod touch accounted for over a billion downloads by late April. The downloads appear to follow an exponential curve, taking six months to reach 500 million and then doubling in approximately three months.

Analysts disagree on exactly how much revenue Apple has generated from the App Store. Despite the profit estimates based on each download, the wide range of content also serves to drive device sales. Apple's iPhone marketing has highlighted a variety of titles, pushing app sales higher, while the third-party developers are indirectly advertising the iPhone with their media coverage.

Although Palm's initial downloads may be overshadowed by the success of Apple's App Store, a true performance comparison will have to wait until the webOS SDK goes public. The introduction of future webOS-based devices could also serve to increase App Catalog downloads. The company has already inspired many developers to create Pre-compatible versions of popular App Store titles, such as Pandora.

by MacNN Staff




  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'd have a Pre...

    ...if I didn't already have an iPhone. As such, I'm not one to say which is better. So why diss the Pre? But tomorrow, AT&T coverage notwithstanding, I'll get a new GS because the iPhone really has changed what I do (or ever thought I could do) with a "mobile phone".

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's fun to diss the

    Pre just to piss off the Palm users. The Pre is probably an OK handset, but it's fun to bust their chops.

  1. Mannyman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pre spanks the iphone 3gs

    S stands for Slow in iphone 3gs
    Palm Pre spanks the iphone in real world tests of web browsing and emailing pictures. Video:

  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Pre spanks the iphone


    Yeah right ....

    That was complete bogus. There were three tests, only one of which was actually objective, which was the boot-up, since it's not network dependent. The iPhone started up at least 2.5 times faster than the Pre.

    The web browsing didn't test the speed of the browser; it was the network. If they wanted to test the browser, they should have used Wifi.

    Even on the email test, the iPhone was done way sooner than the Pre for the task (a hint that the iPhone UI is much more mature and fluid); it was the AT&T network taking it's sweet time.

    That video just proves that Sprint has pretty good signal in San Francisco (for now). That may not even last; assuming that they sell a lot of Pre's.

    Nevertheless, I welcome competition, and I'm glad that the Pre is doing well. I hope they succeed (especially at the expense of WinMo). Competition is good for Apple; it'll keep them on their toes.

  1. ff11

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Pre spanks the

    Also, they are comparing the iPhone 3G with the Palm Pre. Yes, this year's Pre may beat last year's iPhone in SOME tasks. But Last year's iPhone beats last year's Pre in EVERY task.

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