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Nokia N8.
Qt to become sole app development framework, HTML5 embraced

This morning Nokia announced -- via its official blog -- that it will streamline its development process by making Qt (pronounced "cute") its sole application development framework for both Symbian and MeeGo. Nokia stated that it was taking the approach very seriously, and would be developing its own UI and applications on Qt, too.

This means two things for Nokia smartphone users. First, it means more applications in general, considering developers will be more apt to develop them in a streamlined environment. Second, it means that software updates can be rolled out incrementally, rather than having to wait for each new version of Symbian. 

"For developers, it will open up a huge installed customer base for their applications. For consumers, it means a more compelling engagement with their Nokia product in terms of access to the best applications in the marketplace and a constantly improving product experience," Nokia CTO Rich Green said.

"You can buy a Nokia smartphone confident that any improvements introduced later to the Symbian platform, such as the user interface, can be made available to download on your device as well," Nokia said. "In fact, we will no longer be talking about Symbian^3 or Symbian^4 at all – it will be one constantly evolving and constantly improving platform."

The news comes just a day after Lee Williams, director of the Symbian Foundation, resigned.

Going forward, Nokia is also embracing the HTML5 standard for Symbian and MeeGo, "both through in-built support in Qt and through the browser."

Developers seem to be happy about the news. “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," Pixelpipe’s Brett Butterfield said. "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.”

While the results of the focus on Qt are yet to be seen, this development is a step in the right direction for Nokia. At the very least, it's better than the now-ubiquitous news of another top-level executive jumping ship.





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Nokia smartphones?
By snapilica on 10/21/2010 10:30:02 AM , Rating: 3
I'm not one to judge people, but are there still people out there who consider Nokia a top SMARTPHONE manufacturer? When I think Nokia I just think of billions of cheap (but reliable) 10 digit phones. MeeGo is a very nice platform but it really struggles to get developers jumping the bandwagon.

Nokia is the Palm that never was a Palm.




RE: Nokia smartphones?
By Denigrate on 10/21/10, Rating: -1
RE: Nokia smartphones?
By snapilica on 10/21/2010 10:58:33 AM , Rating: 3
I never owned an iOS device, and never will for that matter. Got any other reasons?


RE: Nokia smartphones?
By gvaley on 10/21/2010 11:02:42 AM , Rating: 1
Actually Nokia fans are known for their uncanny but unjustified devotion to the brand, much like Apple fans.


RE: Nokia smartphones?
By jonup on 10/21/2010 3:15:19 PM , Rating: 4
Unfortunately true. I am one of those fans. I just got N97 Mini and honestly I can't be happier about it. It does anything I've seen Droid X and iPhone 4 do. And I am sure that I will drop it and it won't break. Expensive Nokias do not break. My old 6301 flew out of my pocket on to the ground once a week on average for the past 2.5 year and it is still going strong. It’s about the quality of materials. It’s solid but at the same time it does not feel agricultural. It’s something Nokia users get accustom to. It’s the stuff that you do not see on the data sheets or read on review sites. If an iPhone is a fashion statement Nokia is way of life.
No matter how much reviewers/people bash Nokia I won’t drop $200+ on any other phone.


RE: Nokia smartphones?
By bplewis24 on 10/21/2010 11:31:31 AM , Rating: 2
If you head over to Engadget and check some of the Nokia reviews, you'll see that a ton of people in the UK are still hugely devoted to Nokia. Domestically in the U.S. we probably never encountered this, but they are very much like the Apple of Europe.

Brandon


RE: Nokia smartphones?
By snapilica on 10/21/2010 12:04:53 PM , Rating: 2
Actually I'm not from the US. In my country Nokia has about 80% of the mobile phones here, but I never saw anyone of them actually owning a Nokia smartphone. All of them are using regular 4 digit type/series phones. And as I said they are nice and reliable as phones, nothing more.


RE: Nokia smartphones?
By sleepeeg3 on 10/21/2010 12:59:02 PM , Rating: 4
Their phones blow away anything in the US. Unfortunately, so do their prices.

Their flagship phone, the Nokia N8 supports both GSM/WCDMA (i.o.w. every US carrier) has a 12MP camera w/Xenon flash, zippy Symbian OS, Nokia maps, bluetooth, HDMI, AMOLED screen, etc. Resolution is on the low side @ 640 x 360.
http://europe.nokia.com/find-products/devices/noki...


RE: Nokia smartphones?
By michael2k on 10/21/10, Rating: 0
RE: Nokia smartphones?
By theapparition on 10/21/2010 2:50:01 PM , Rating: 1
And how is that by any metric better?

GSM/WCDMA?
An advantage, but not one that's very useful in the domestic US. World travelers may have interest, though.

12MP camera?
OK, but is that really any "better". If you are still concerned about megapixels, then stop reading as you wouldn't understand the rest.

Symbian OS?
NO!

Nokia maps?
Google maps are better, at least in the US.

Bluetooth?
What phone doesn't have this anymore.

HDMI?
Tie

AMOLED?
Take you AMOLED screens with pentile matrix and shove 'em. However, many smartphones such as the DInc and Galaxy S class phones have them, so again tie.

Resolution?
Big letdown.

So again try to explain how the N8 "blows away" anything in the US?


RE: Nokia smartphones?
By jonup on 10/21/2010 3:37:24 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
12MP camera?
OK, but is that really any "better". If you are still concerned about megapixels, then stop reading as you wouldn't understand the rest.

Carl Zeiss lenses? With enough light nothing beats Nokia picture quality.
You can still get google maps if you insist, but Nokia maps a pretty darn good.
quote:
Resolution?
Big letdown.

Really? It's a 3.5" screen. I know Steve tells you that it matters, but on a small screen like that you need a magnifying glass to take advantage of higher resolution.
N8 also comes with Bluetooth 3.0. I doubt it is of any use right now but it is for bragging rights.
The iPhone 4 wins in the looks and responsiveness compartment.


RE: Nokia smartphones?
By themaster08 on 10/21/2010 3:37:54 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
GSM/WCDMA? An advantage, but not one that's very useful in the domestic US. World travelers may have interest, though
Agreed, but it's still there.

quote:
12MP camera? OK, but is that really any "better". If you are still concerned about megapixels, then stop reading as you wouldn't understand the rest.
have you ever seen pictures or HD videos taken with an N8? They're outstanding, and surpass any smartphone currently on the market. 12 megapixels 28mm Carl Zeiss lens plus Xenon flash = one kickass camera!

quote:
Symbian OS? NO!
Why NO!? Because it doesn't have pwitty little transitioning effects? What do Android and iOS do that Symbian can't?

quote:
Nokia maps? Google maps are better, at least in the US.
Nokia own Navteq and their navigation features are great.

quote:
Bluetooth? What phone doesn't have this anymore.
LOL agreed.

quote:
HDMI?
Tie
No, it's not a tie actually. Android phones can only display videos/media via the HDMI port. The N8 can display the UI as well as multimedia, and can also be used with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse to be used as a pseudo netbook.

quote:
AMOLED? Take you AMOLED screens with pentile matrix and shove 'em. However, many smartphones such as the DInc and Galaxy S class phones have them, so again tie.
Agreed, however many reviews state how excellent the screen quality of the N8 is.

quote:
Resolution? Big letdown.
Why is that? It allows it to be compatible with current apps, and barely hinders screen quality.

Just look at this video and see for yourself. In my opinion the N8 has a better quality screen than the iPhone 4!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06iG1BmKgKg&feature...

Megapixels aren't everything, and neither is resolution.

quote:
So again try to explain how the N8 "blows away" anything in the US?
Well, how about that it costs half the price of the iPhone 4?


RE: Nokia smartphones?
By Netjak on 10/21/2010 5:33:10 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Nokia maps?
Google maps are better, at least in the US


Google Maps may be (marginaly) better, but nokia maps application is what really counts. displays speed, can automaticly recalculate new route on the fly, has voice guidance, extensive customization, can save maps localy (free of charge, ofcourse) etc etc. u can make route with tens of via's, put your nokia in the pocket and drive listening voice guidance only, receive tens of calls, or SMS's and every time nokia will resume navigating you. exactly oposite ihpone (google maps) can do for you, or me. very good piece of software.


RE: Nokia smartphones?
By jithvk on 10/21/2010 8:02:02 PM , Rating: 3
You guys don't realize that CDMA(as u know) and WCDMA are two different things, do you? WCDMA is the air interface used in UMTS (known as 3g) and CDMA is a completely different system. WCDMA is an evolution from the TDMA (used in 2G GSM phones) and is not related to the CDMA networks like Verizon.


RE: Nokia smartphones?
By themaster08 on 10/21/2010 2:08:30 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Nokia is the Palm that never was a Palm.
Except Nokia have the talent, common sense, support and money to pull themselves out of this.

In fact, Nokia aren't is as much trouble as people think. I'm from the UK, and Nokia are still an extremely popular manufacturer over here.

This update streamlining will make developing for Symbian and Meego a more enticing prospect.

I know Symbian is hardly the OS of choice in the US, but it's just as, if not more capable than any other smartphone OS on the market, especially now it's open source. So what if it's not as aesthetically pleasing as iOS? It can easily be hacked to suit you.

The new N8 is a multimedia powerhouse. It's arguably the best smartphone on the market in terms of its multimedia capabilities, and has the best camera of any mobile device ever. Most of all, it can be had for half the price of an iPhone 4.


RE: Nokia smartphones?
By snapilica on 10/21/2010 3:15:30 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
So what if it's not as aesthetically pleasing as iOS?
I have no problem with aesthetics as long as it doesn't interfere with ease of use.

My boss has bought a new E72 and he wanted me to set up his email and hook it to the corporate Wi-Fi. It was the first phone that ever crossed my hands that I had to search the web and read the manual to figure out where the bloody hell you set up proxy server to a Wi-Fi network. They seriously need to work on those menus. Very intricate and unusable.


RE: Nokia smartphones?
By jonup on 10/21/2010 3:52:21 PM , Rating: 2
I have never had either of your problems with about have a half a dozen Nokias. Maybe it's because it's not on the same place it is on your Android/iOS. But Nokia has no incentive to change the flow of its interface because it controled nearly half of the cell phone market over the past 10 years and such a change might present a challenge to most returning Nokia buyers. So is Nokia going to piss off 40% of the market so it can attract miniscule number of potential buyers currently using Android/iOS?


RE: Nokia smartphones?
By jhb116 on 10/21/2010 8:54:17 PM , Rating: 2
I love Nokia's 10 digit basic phones. They were very reliable, decent battery and lasted a long time despite much abuse. I have to agree though - when I think smart-phone - I don't think Nokia. (This assumes sarcasm in smart-phone comment.) They should consider one of the other platforms or buy RIM.


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