Nokia Releases Qt SDK 1.1 Supporting Faster App Creation

Handset giant Nokia announced the release of Qt SDK 1.1 offering one integrated development environment for creating both consumer applications on Nokia’s Symbian platform as well as for desktop applications such as Windows 7, Mac OSX and Linux.

Using the Qt SDK to build their apps, developers have a complete tool cutting app creation time in half for Nokia touch-screen devices.

Within the release of Qt SDK 1.1, is Qt Quick, a new UI creation kit that benefits both graphic designers and application developers.  Designers can create fluid, animated user interfaces with complete project and code editing support for developers to then implement into the overall application.  This speeds up the development process bringing applications to market quicker.

Qt Quick also includes QML, a CSS and JavaScript-like language making UI development for touch screens much easier to implement. Besides Qt Quick, the Qt SDK 1.1 includes map and navigation features, imaging features for camera and photo gallery access, notification API plug-ins and other enhancements that enable developers to provide access to user content on the device.

Developers are seeking to provide high quality, graphically rich applications to stand out in ever increasing crowded application stores”,  said Purnima Kochikar, vice president, Forum Nokia. With this new version of the Qt SDK, designers and developers can work together to achieve this quicker and more effectively”.

Consumers are downloading more than 5 million apps per day in Ovi Store, Nokia’s  on-device app store. With the release of the Qt SDK 1.1 developers can target more than 100 million Nokia devices (75 million of which are touch devices) in addition to the 150 million future Symbian smartphones Nokia intends to sell such as the newly announced Nokia E6, Nokia X7 and the Nokia Astound at T-Mobile. It is also possible for Qt app developers to re-use code to speed up the creation of apps on Maemo and the future MeeGo device Nokia will ship this year.

By Team