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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, 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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