Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Dec 2009 23:41 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Time. Coming. Long. Put these in the appropriate order, and you'll get my reaction to this news. Nokia has announced that it is planning a major overhaul of the user interface to the Symbian operating system, still the most popular smartphone platform in the world.
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RE: It'll be Qt everywhere..
by ricegf on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 10:38 UTC in reply to "It'll be Qt everywhere.."
ricegf
Member since:
2007-04-25

Nice video. That's what I thought their strategy was - you develop for QT, not Symbian or Maemo, and it runs on any Nokia smartphone. (I trust those demo apps weren't coded twice!)

My concerns are (1) can Nokia really pull this off, with QT apps running well enough on Symbian to convert developers, and (2) will they actually generate enough developer interest to build a repository large enough to compare favorably to iPhone's and Android's?

I've owned and loved a N770 and (currently) N800, but eleven apps for N900 at launch, only one (one!) new Maemo device next year, and Nokia's constant "Symbian! Symbian!" chanting, have led me to consider jumping ship to Droid. It's hard to be enthused about buying the red-headed step-child, and the carpet bombing of clever Droid ads leave no doubt as to Motorola's commitment.

*sigh*

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RE[2]: It'll be Qt everywhere..
by vaette on Thu 3rd Dec 2009 11:41 in reply to "RE: It'll be Qt everywhere.."
vaette Member since:
2008-08-09

Qt is really a more polished, and simultaneously more modern in all but implementation language, platform than Android though. I am not a fan of Symbian as a platform (very archaic), but if there is anything that gives Nokia a good shot it is getting a modern API set on there. Nokia has always been good at putting together nice hardware at a reasonable price, it is just the software strategy that has been messy.

Buying Trolltech could very well turn out to be the best thing they every did. I am more hopeful about Symbians future than I have been in years and years. I am on Android now, but could very well consider switching back to Symbian if this turns out well.

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Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, I think you partially answered your question as to why they are chanting "Symbian"--because it already has an enormous app catalog. It's just that up until now, it wasn't consolidated in any one place or easy for the average person to figure out how to find and install apps--but they're rectifying that with the Ovi Store (still very much a work in progress though).

Maemo is slowly catching up, but the next iteration will be the first with a capacitive screen, Qt interface and API, and fully-baked Ovi Store, so I think it'll be the first version really ready for mass consumption.

Btw: Their entire marketing strategy for Maemo is based on the concept of "one device". It's their better version of an iPhone. I don't think you should be hoping for them to dumb it down for other devices-- that would end in disaster.

Edited 2009-12-03 11:45 UTC

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