Palm debuts Mojo SDK 1.3.1

In conjunction with the commercial debut of the Palm Pixi smartphone, Palm announced the release of both webOS 1.3.1 and an updated version of the Mojo SDK, promising developers a series of enhancements including APIs to prevent the screen from dimming or turning off as well as auto-generation of App Help/Support scene. The SDK also includes numerous framework doc enhancements: "We've heard the developer community's feedback about webOS docs loud and clear," writes Palm Developer Community Manager Chuq Von Rospach on the Palm Developer Network Blog. "You'll see the first efforts to expand, clarify, and improve quality of the docs with this release. Notably, we've provided new step-by-step installation instructions, with more thorough information about how to get your system ready before you download and install the SDK." Download the Mojo SDK here.

While webOS 1.3.1 does not include any new applications, it does add Yahoo Contact and Calendar sync as well as improved messaging functionality. (The complete list of changes is here.) Perhaps most notable, it does not restore access to Apple's iTunes digital media storefront--Palm and Apple have gone around and around with competing software updates to either enable or disable webOS-based devices from synchronizing with iTunes, and in September, non-profit industry standards group the USB Implementers Forum sided with Apple in response to a complaint filed by Palm alleging that Apple restrains trade by blocking the Palm Pre from iTunes access.

For more on Mojo 1.3.1:
- read this Palm Developer Network Blog entry