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.”

Why is Samsung leaving Symbian at the moment?

3. September 2010 at 18:21

symbian logoWe were not shocked when we heard the news about Samsung pointing out that they are not currently interested in getting Symbian platform in their mobile devices. As the company also noted that Bada and Android OS are their preferred platform as they see great potentials and benefits from these. The proof is that they already didn’t made another Symbian phone after the Samsung Omnia HD i8910.

Will Sony Ericsson and Samsung consider Symbian OS again?

7. August 2010 at 13:26

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Symbian^3 Symbian^4

Is Android the answer to all?
Samsung and Sony Ericsson are one the biggest mobile companies in the world and having Symbian platform on their devices like Samsung i8910 Omnia HD and i8510 Innov8, SE Satio and Vivaz were

Symbian^4 UI screenshots – What do you think?

17. July 2010 at 17:41

Symbian^4 Home ScreenSymbian’s Wiki was seen with the latest Symbian^4 (S^4) UI screenshots (just a guess, but possibly they are) and these were the “pre-alpha” of the homescreens. “Pre-alpha”, because we are not sure whether these are the final of just the samples that’ve been made for the developers and running on the PC’s emulator (Orbit for UI platform development). Nevertheless, these new UI on S^4 have been improved from the first batch of Symbian^4 UI demo (imho). So here’s the pictures of

Possibilities to upgrade your Nokia N8 Symbian^3 to Symbian^4 (Updated)

10. July 2010 at 15:28

Symbian^4The most asked question lately was about the capability of the Nokia N8  to upgrade itself to future Symbian^4. Much likely from S^3, which is the current OS for the N8, to future Symbian platforms. But it is really a must to upgrade to S^4? Can the Nokia N8 update to Symbian^4? [UPDATED]