Palm spent last week talking about its imminent software plans and 5-inch Palm Mansion, but also took a little time to preview its next-gen application framework. Enyo, set to roll out in 2011 with an early-access SDK program near the beginning of the year, will support multiple form factors and work with Palm’s online drag-and-drop Ares development system, making it ideal for both tablet developers and relatively novice coders alike.
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There are also performance benefits as well, including apps that load significantly faster than on the current Palm Mojo framework. Palm reckons apps that could take up to 7 seconds to launch with Mojo might shave that down to a single second with Enyo, but there are also ongoing speed and stability improvements as well.
Palm demonstrated a concept email app, developed in Enyo and able to intelligently adjust the amount of data – and its layout – depending on what screen size or windowed state it was being displayed in. So, a card view or smartphone screen view was different to a larger, tablet-scale view, despite being exactly the same app.