Palm launches 3D games on webOS

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Palm announced the introduction of a series of 3D games optimized for its webOS mobile operating system. The premium titles--available now via the Palm App Catalog storefront--include EA Mobile's Need for Speed Undercover, The Sims 3 and Monopoly, Gameloft's Asphalt 5: Elite Racing and Let's Golf!, Glu Mobile's Glyder 2 and Laminar Research's X-Plane. According to Palm, the publishers in question were given early access to the Palm webOS Plug-In Development Kit, a set of tools, documentation and APIs enabling developers to more easily integrate C and C++ code into their webOS applications to expand functionality. A public beta version of the webOS PDK is scheduled to launch for all developers this March.

More than six months after Palm App Catalog went live in conjunction with the release of the Palm Pre smartphone, the store now boasts more than 1,000 webOS-based applications, according to data recently released by webOS School. By comparison, Apple's rival App Store surpassed 100,000 iPhone and iPod touch applications in early November. About 70 percent of Palm App Catalog applications are premium downloads--games is the largest category, representing 22.6 percent of all webOS apps, followed by productivity tools (14.9 percent) and sports (13.4 percent). AccuWeather's free weather information application currently tops all other webOS apps with close to 138,000 downloads in the last 30 days.

For more on the new 3D titles:
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