If you are interested in developing HP’s upcoming TouchPad apps, then you need access to webOS version 3.0, which is unique in itself since it is the first ever version of the OS to be exclusively knitted for tablets. It’s what the HP Touchpad will run when it’s launched. HP just announced that they are releasing the webOS 3.0 Beta today at the webOS CONNECT event in London. The company has released a preview of the webOS 3.0 SDK but it is only available to Early Access developers.
Developers can get access to the SDK preview by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The interesting thing about it is that the tools allow you to write resolution-independent apps. That means you can create an app that will work on devices with small screens like the HP Veer smartphone or large screens such as the Touchpad.
Primary features of the new webOS 3.0 beta version are some tablet-friendly optimizations:
1. It includes a resizable on-screen keyboard with small, medium and large options so that it takes up no more screen real estate than you need.
2. A new notification system, a new web browser with a brand-new toolbar with forward, back, bookmark, history, and URL buttons.
3. Yet another improvement in the e-mail app comes in the form of a multi-panel view which shows a list of messages or contacts on the left and the full message on the right.
4. Also is being heard that Amazon will probably bring its Kindle eBook app to the latest version of the OS, version of Quick Office is in the making specific to the platform.
5. Roxio will power a video store to let users rent or purchase movies on web OS 3.0 tablets.
6. HP demonstrated a video chat application yesterday which takes advantage of a front-facing camera and Pre Central reports that Skype video calling support is in the works.
7. A version of Quick Office is in the making specific to the platform which will let you view Microsoft Office documents, and possibly edit them as well.
8. Time Inc is developing magazine apps for titles which could include Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, People, and others.
HP will have more details soon enough on a new developer portal they’re putting up at hp webOS website.