Nokia focusing on Qt, will extend reach for Developers

21. October 2010 at 23:04

Nokia today announced that it is streamlining its development environments across device platforms and focusing solely on Qt as a robust, tried, and tested framework that unlocks the hardware, software, and service capabilities of the existing Nokia smartphone range. The company also will create huge opportunities for future Symbian and MeeGo products.

‘We’re making strategic technology decisions that will accelerate our ability to offer the strongest possible opportunity for developers and the richest possible experience for consumers’, said Rich Green, CTO of Nokia.
qt-logoDevelopers who create applications in Qt will be able to easily deploy those apps to Nokia devices on both Symbian and MeeGo platforms. Nokia is committed to creating its own applications and UI on Qt, as well.

In addition to focusing on Qt for application development, Nokia announced its intent to support HTML5 for development of Web content and applications for both Symbian and MeeGo platforms. This will ensure continuity throughout the evolution of Symbian, enable applications to work on both Symbian and future MeeGo devices, and at the same time, provide developers with a simplified means of developing on the Nokia platform.

As a result of this change, Nokia is able to focus on a constant evolution and improvement of the platform. For example, rather than replacing Symbian^3 with the Symbian^4 release, Nokia will be in a position to gradually and constantly upgrade Symbian^3 to introduce the benefits expected from Symbian^4. Ultimately, this will result in a better, more compelling experience for consumers who will have access to the applications they have come to expect from developers working on Nokia platforms, along with an improved product experience.

This marks a major step forward in removing fragmentation in Nokia’s developer offering, enabling the creation of native and hybrid apps using Qt and Qt Quick (a high-level UI technology that allows developers and designers to work together to easily create animated, touch-enabled UIs and apps). In addition, Qt’s in-built support for HTML5 complements Nokia’s intent to support HTML5 in Web browsers. (Note: the Nokia Qt SDK 1.0 is currently available for download on the Forum Nokia website; Qt Quick will be available in the next release of the SDK.)

Perhaps not surprisingly, many developers are already working in Qt, and have great things to say about their experience. Brett Butterfield, CEO at Pixelpipe noted: “Elements of our UI that were previously taking us hours of painstaking hand coding in Symbian are now re-created in minutes with the Qt Creator. It’s not just the ease of porting our existing functionality to Qt, however the ability of adding capabilities and features beyond Symbian that has us excited.”

Wrap up of Nokia World 2010 plus Highlights

16. September 2010 at 04:05

nokia world 2010The Nokia World 2010 in London was been a successful event this year for Nokia. Not just only because of the 3000 sold-out seats, but of course they still proved that there is still enthusiasm and high spirit on what we call “to fight back” moments. They nailed and they proved it! And with two days of full actions and excitement, we will finally summarize the event.

Intro to Qt

24. December 2009 at 00:00

Qt is a cross-platform application and UI framework used by hundreds of thousands of developers worldwide looking to create amazing user experiences on Windows, Mac, Linux/X11, embedded Linux, Windows CE , Windows Mobile, Symbian and Maemo devices.  Qt is used by thousands of companies in a multitude of leading industries enabling them to develop software and devices used by billions of people every day.

Have a look at the video and find out how Qt will shape the future of application and UI development.

Nokia has released QT 4.6 with support for multi-touch

1. December 2009 at 15:00

Nokia today released Qt 4.6, the latest version of the cross-platform application and UI framework. The Qt SDK provides everything you need to develop web-enabled desktop, mobile and embedded applications and UIs. It includes the Qt cross-platform application framework and the Qt Creator cross-platform IDE. Featuring new platform support, powerful new graphical capabilities and support for multi-touch and gestures, Qt 4.6 makes developing advanced applications for Symbian, Maemo, and other platforms even easier.

Qt 4.6.0 for Symbian “Colossus” beta-release

15. October 2009 at 00:55

Today Nokia and Qt released the Beta version of Qt 4.6.0. Qt is a cross-platform application and UI framework. Using Qt, one can write applications once and deploy them across desktop, mobile and embedded operating systems without rewriting the source code. The beta runs on S60 3rd Edition as well as 5th Edition devices. I’ve installed it on my Nokia N97 and it looks really impressive. The focus of this release has been to stabilize the Symbian port, as well as adding a backend for the Phonon multimedia library enabling simple audio and video playback. The “Colossus” beta-release contains QtCore, QtTest, QtGui, QtNetwork, QtScript, QtSvg, QtWebKit, QtXML and Phonon as well as documentation and examples and demo.

Qt 4.6.0

To download Colossus straight to your phone point your phone’s browser to qt.nokia.com/phonedemo. For best performance we recommend to install in Phone memory.