Palm's App Catalog tops 1M downloads

Palm's App Catalog for its webOS platform has hit 1 million downloads, according to the mobile analytics and advertising company Medialets. However, the company has said it won't be drawn into an "apps race" with Apple over the number of applications available or the number of downloads. 

The 1 million download mark was expected to be reached at some point this week, but the number is still fairly remarkable considering there are only some 30 applications in the App Catalog.

"We clearly have to have a product we're proud of," Mitch Allen, Palm's software chief technology officer, said in an interview with Bloomberg News. "Taking a little bit more time right now does trump the excitement that comes from having something that people can play with today."

Apple regularly touts that more than 1 billion applications have been downloaded from its App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch since it opened last summer. Palm will publicly release the Mojo software development kit for webOS at the end of the summer. 

For more:
- see this NYT article
- see this NYT blog post
- see this Bloomberg News article

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