In a move aimed at encouraging more developers to create apps for its upcoming devices like the N900, Nokia has created a port for the Qt framework to Maemo 5 operating system.
The Qt framework is essentially based on C++ and it is typically used to build applications for mobile handsets, handheld devices besides normal computer based applications.
A key advantage of the Qt graphical toolkit is its usage in developing cross platform apps and Nokia says it would soon be compatible with Symbian and Windows Mobile devices.
Expressing his satisfaction at the development, Sebastian Nystrom, VP of application services with Nokia mentioned "Developers will be able to use Qt as a framework to create powerful native applications and with Qt's Webkit integration, it also provides them with a platform for creating Web applications and services."
It is interesting to note that the Qt, which is often considered as a leading framework for mobile application development, has been extensively used for creating myriad of applications and these include popular applications like Skype and Google Earth to name a few.
Incidentally community created ports for Qt are already available for Maemo and even Nokia admits to have taken help from them in developing the official port.
Maemo, Nokia says, is an advanced mobile platform designed with the internet at its core. Now Nokia already had Symbian before it spun it out. Maemo 5 is central to Nokia's smartphone strategy but it is already facing very tough competition from Android and others like LiMO.
( The Register)