HP issues webOS 3.0 SDK to Early Access program developers

With its TouchPad tablet slated to hit retail this summer, Hewlett-Packard released its webOS 3.0 software development kit to members of its Early Access program. The SDK includes the new Enyo framework, which HP will leverage across new future webOS form factors, as well as core platform features like Just Type, Synergy and Exhibition, new UI components and reference tools, and guidance on TouchPad app structuring, design and navigation. To join the Early Access program, developers should email [email protected].

HP unveiled the TouchPad in February. The device touts a 9.7-inch screen, dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon processor, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chatting, internal stereo speakers and Beats Audio technology, and 16 GB and 32 GB memory storage options. A Wi-Fi-only version of the TouchPad will inaugurate the product line, with 3G and 4G versions to follow.

webOS lags a distant fifth in the U.S. smartphone market, representing just 2.8 percent of devices according to digital research firm comScore. Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android now powers 33.0 percent of all smartphones across the U.S., followed by Research In Motion's (NASDAQ:RIMM) BlackBerry at 28.9 percent. Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS stands at 25.2 percent, while Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone trails in fourth with 7.7 percent.

For more:
- read this Palm Developer Center Blog entry

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