Back in March, we told you about the PDK Hot Apps competition that Palm was holding, hoping to get some of the best mobile applications shown off for their webOS-based devices. In the process, application developers had the opportunity to win upwards of $100,000 in prize money. And, finally, while the competition ended a couple of weeks ago, Palm has finally unveiled who the winners were, and in which category.
If you’ve ever played Angry Birds from developer Rovio, then you probably won’t be surprised to find out that the ridiculously addictive application took first place in the Paid Apps category. That means that the developers have officially won the $100,000 in prize money, along with plenty of bragging rights. As for the top spot in the Free Apps category, that goes to an application called Glow Hockey Free, by Natenai Ariyatrakool. Ariyatrakool also wins $100,000 for the effort.
The rest of the contest is pretty robust, as Palm expanded the amount of winners that were able to receive the $50,000 prize money, giving that to eight winners (four for Paid Apps and four for Free Apps). Palm chose another 30 applications, split down the middle for paid and free, that won a total of $10,000 for their winners, respectively. And finally, 100 additional applications were chosen to win either $1,000, or a free HP Envy 17 laptop.
The results show that Palm’s webOS mobile platform still has some legs in the development company. While major video game developers, like EA and Gameloft took plenty of slots in the Paid and Free Apps categories, there were still plenty of spaces for smaller developers. And, considering Angry Birds took the top spot, it’s obvious that as long as you create a fun game, or an interesting application, you’ll get the recognition you deserve. You can check out the results from the competition through the source link below.
[via Palm Developer Center]