Nokia No Longer Talking About Symbian^3 or ^4
October 21, 2010 9:08 AM
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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,
Going forward, Nokia is also embracing the HTML5 standard for Symbian
, "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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Differences to its predecessors....
10/23/2010 6:13:44 AM
If anyone is interested in finding out some of the differences between Symbian^3 and its predecessors, I have found a short list...
Most people think that the changes are purely cosmetic, but this just isn't the case. Symbian can do more than ever before. It can do more than iOS or Android that's for sure, with
pre-emptive multitasking that works flawlessly. None of this pseudo freeze state, back button crap you find on most other smartphone OSs.
I hate the argument that Symbian's UI is difficult. It's really not. Like any new device, you need to sit down with it for a few minutes and get used to it. As soon as you know where everything is (which really isn't hard to find out, most of us are of technical expertise here...) then you're good to go. It's not as though menus and options alter their locations!
The only thing it really lacks is developer support, but out of the box, the N8 can do more than any other smartphone currently on the market.
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