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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 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
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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
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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.


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