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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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RE: Nokia smartphones?
By themaster08 on 10/21/2010 2:08:30 PM , Rating: 2
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
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?

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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