updated 12:20 pm EDT, Sun September 27, 2009
Directors of Palm Developer Relations team
Two Web-based programming advocates, Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith, announced on Friday their departure from Mozilla, stepping into new roles as directors of the Palm Developer Relations team. Almaer voiced concerns in his blog about the control companies have over the apps people can use on their phones saying "some view this revolution as a chance to seize power in downright Orwellian ways by constraining what we, as developers, can say, dictating what kinds of apps we can create, controlling how we distribute our apps, and placing all kinds of limits on what [we] can do to our computing devices."
Almaer did not explicitly name Apple in his statement, however, Apple has consistently been accused of exercising flimsy rationale for App Store approval process. The company has faced heavy criticism since its rejection of the Google Voice application -- something Apple claims is still undergoing review.
The developers will be tasked with improving the "developer experience" using Palm's Webkit-based browser. Palm's approach to apps strays away from Apple's development model, instead focusing on the development of Web programs.