Illustration for article titled Palm Pre Gets Homebrew Apps, No Rooting Required

Installing the Pre's earliest homebrew apps required you to "root" your device—easy enough, but not for the faint of heart. Now, there's a new method, with no rooting, no risky hacks, and one simple secret: email.

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Seriously. Apparently, there's a gaping security hole in the Pre's email app, which allows certain applications to be installed by way of a simple link. Once a homebrew app has been properly prepared, it's just a matter of emailing yourself a link to the app's .IPK file.

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Creating the packages isn't so simple, since they have to be packages in a certain way and spoof a legitimate software signature, although if you're the kind of person who's well-versed enough to create a homebrew app in the first place, these instructions probably won't seem that intimidating.

So, the apps! Since this hack is about a day old, they're basically nonexistent, except for one proof-of-concept dummy app called "SimplyFlipFlops." Palm won't be properly opening up the App Catalog for a while, so homebrewers have plenty of time, and serious gap to fill. Let's just hope Palm doesn't seal this up with their next update. (Spoiler: They probably will.) [Precentral via Slashgear]

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