March 4, 2011

Jayakrishnan.M Jayakrishnan..
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Qt on S40

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Are there any plans for Qt on S40. Anybody has any info ?

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March 5, 2011

Mika Hanhijärvi Mika Hanhijärvi
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I don’t think so. Series 40 phones have quite limited resources and Series 40 is s feature phone platform. not a smartphone paltform Series 40 platform uses operating system made for the feature phones (Nokia OS). There is no native API which developers vould use So I don’t really think there will be Qt for it.

March 10, 2011

Jayakrishnan.M Jayakrishnan..
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I was thinking whether it is feasible to implement Qt over Nokia OS. But probably not, because, as you said very limited resources.

March 10, 2011

Andre Andre
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I would not be so sure of that. Remember that Elop even hinted such at move, and that Thiago hinted on the qt-interest mailinglist that there still is a lot of business for Qt within Nokia.

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March 10, 2011

Mika Hanhijärvi Mika Hanhijärvi
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> Thiago hinted on the qt-interest mailinglist that there still
> is a lot of business for Qt within Nokia.

I think that means MeeGo and Symbian. Even if Nokia is moving to WP7 development of MeeGo and Symbian will still continue.

Timo Ihamuotila from Nokia said yesterday:

> We will of course utilize the long-tail of Symbian as long
> as it gives us profitable margin,” Nokia’s Chief Financial
> Officer Timo Ihamuotila told a UBS Technology Conference.
>
> So the transition period 2011-2012 relates to product
> creation transition, not sales transition as such,” he said.

So most likely development, sales and support of Symbian will continue several years and at the same time MeeGos is still there too.

March 10, 2011

Mika Hanhijärvi Mika Hanhijärvi
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Ofcourse everything is possible, but I think that porting Qt to Series 40 would be a bit weird decision. If you want smartphone with Qt then there is Symbian which already has Qt.

March 10, 2011

Andre Andre
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Well, the comment was that Qt was “being evaluated for the feature phone line”, or something like that. It could become part of the “internet for the next billion” strategy, whatever that may mean. Thiago was quite explicit in telling us that not all relevant decisions that impact the future of Qt in Nokia have been communicated publicly, but he was obviously not able to go into details. If that means a port to S40 of Qt, I don’t know. It could also mean that symbian will be “degraded” to be a “feature phone” OS while only those running on WP7 will be marketed as “smart phone”. It could also mean something completely different.

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March 10, 2011

Mika Hanhijärvi Mika Hanhijärvi
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It could also mean that symbian will be “degraded” to be a “feature phone” OS

Don’t known how that would be possible because smart phone is not just some marketing term. Symbian is a smart phone OS no matter how you market it. If you would like to make a feature phone with Symbian then you would need to artificially criple the Symbian by making it closed system with no public native APi etc, and that does not make any sence at all.

March 14, 2011

Jayakrishnan.M Jayakrishnan..
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In the earlier days when Qt was just ported to S60, there was talk regarding the feasibility of Qt on S40. But nothing has happened. So I’am pessimistic about that happening now. There is either a technical or political hurdle to it.

March 14, 2011

qtrahul qtrahul
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It is possible.
But Nokia will not do it. Because of the least cost devices.
S40 series devices are least cost devices compared to S60.

Currently Nokia porting Qt or Qt application on limited devices.

March 14, 2011

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qtrahul are these Nokia’s stand that they won’t do it or are these your views ? :)

March 14, 2011

Gerolf Gerolf
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wernt there statements, that Qt will not be used on smartphones (—> WP7,will be for symbian and MeeGo) but for other phones?

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March 14, 2011

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are we all assuming that smart phones as they are today .. will be the end of world …
just being hypothetical here ;)

March 15, 2011

Jayakrishnan.M Jayakrishnan..
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It should be technically feasible. They already have an embedded version of Qt. So it should be possible to port it to Nokia OS. Seems they are not interested.

March 15, 2011

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I look at it this way, more and more number of devices will support Qt and so focus on doing stuff on Qt and explore the new mkt opportunities. Even the 150 mil+ symbian phones indicate a significant mkt presence. S40 or not, there are more than enough customers who will be out there and a country like India is vastly untapped on the mobile app front …

June 21, 2011

Jayakrishnan.M Jayakrishnan..
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Qt for S40 announced. So can we develop in c++ on S40 or will there only be a partial support using Qml only ? Will Qt mobility be supported ? May be it is too early to ask these. But anybody have more info ?

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