Will developers embrace webOS? Interview with Ilium Software

ilium1Marc Tassin, Senior Product Manager at Ilium Software has answered some questions for PDA-247 regarding webOS and Ilium's potential development for this platform.

1/ What was your initial impression of webOS and the Palm Pre hardware?

So far, I like what I see. We actually got to attend one of the demos at CES, and overall I believe they are making the right choices and moving in the right direction. From the little bit of information that has been provided, I’d say that they are (at the very least) creating a device and OS that will be competitive in the smartphone market.

2/ Do you have plans to develop for this platform, and can we expect to see some of your existing titles ported over?

Once they get us some additional information, if the platform looks as compelling as the iPhone we would think very seriously about supporting the platform. Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough information out there yet for us to make this sort of determination. If you remember, Access has been demoing their operating system for years and many of the demos looked very good. Making a business decision to throw development dollars behind a platform requires more info than they’ve offered so far.

I will say, however, that our web based version of eWallet (the eWallet Companion) would be a great solution for the Palm Pre, no matter what the other details turn out to be. Clearly, the Palm Pre supports a rich web experience which is perfect for our web based application. The eWallet Companion is in beta right now, but a time table for release that matched up with the Palm Pre release is certainly a possibility.

3/ In your opinion, is Palm back in the game?

I always had faith in Palm, even with false starts like the Foleo. There is a reason we’re still supporting the Palm OS. At the same time, I’m not ready to say that this is the big turn-around we’ve been looking for. What they’ve shown us so far looks good, but I’m going to need to see a bit more before I am convinced that they really have pulled this off. I’m rooting for them though and hope for the best! I’d love to see the Palm Pre succeed.