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Java, Agile, the Web and other nice things

Mar

22

Google and Palm: the ideal scenario

By Olivier Gérardin

It was suggested by Phil kearny (ex Apple employee) that Google should buy Palm…

Let’s dream a little bit:

  1. Google buys Palm
  2. A GWT wrapper is developper for Mojo (Palm’s Javascript SDK). GWT becomes the official SDK for webOS
  3. dalvik is ported to webOS. All the apps from the Android marketplace are now available for webOS devices
  4. Android and webOS merge. Android 3.0 runs both dalvik apps and Mojo/JavaScript/GWT apps
  5. Google releases the most amazing smartphone ever, the Nexus Ultimate. The iPhone is now a thing of the past.
  6. Apple open sources the iPhone SDK, allows Flash on their mobile devices, opens up the AppStore for all apps, and goes back to what they do best: desktop and laptop computers, with a reliable UNIX-based OS.

PS: after I wrote this post, I found that some rumors were spreading about Palm moving to Android… I promise I’m not the one who wrote the fake “anonymously sourced, unconfirmed memo” ;)

6 Responses so far

I still wish Google had bought Sun instead of Oracle. After selling off the hardware division, Google would have been a great home for everything from Java to mySQL to GlassFish to NetBeans.

I like the scenario you posit, but I doubt it will happen.

I doubt it too… but a bit of wishful thinking doesn’t hurt :)
The sad truth is, Google doesn’t need Sun, and Sun is no threat to Google, so there were no reasons for Google to buy Sun. SQL databases like MySQL and traditional app servers like GlassFish do not fit in Googles’s cloud approach, and GAE already has alternatives. Google has already implemented its own flavor of Java (dalvik and GAE) and apparently has chosen Eclipse for IDE…

GWT is actually pretty good for using to write mobile apps. I have written Nokia WRT widgets with GWT and iPhone apps as well with the help of PhoneGap. For both I just wrapped the platform SDK’s JavaScript. I can see no reason why this could also not be done for the Palm Pre as suggested. The trouble is I don’t know one person with a Palm Pre :)

I thought about this immediately when I learned that the Pre’s SDK would be in JavaScript… but I don’t have time to do it myself.
If you feel up to the task, the webOS SDK includes a Palm Pre/Pixi emulator, so you don’t need the actual machine to develop! Just register as a developer on http://developer.palm.com/ and you’ll be able to download the SDK.

Too much of a distraction for me I’m afraid. Is the palm actually a popular platform? As I say I have never seen anyone with one where I am (UK and Singapore). Certainly in Singapore I see hundreds of people using smart phones on the train for example every day. Perhaps it is more popular in mainland Europe?

Not as popular as it should, because webOS is an awesome platform, but Palm has had a very awkward marketing policy so far… it’s distributed by O2 in the UK and it should come to France soon at SFR.

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