Qt to be supported in addition to GTK+

2008-04-15 05:01 UTC by Quim Gil

Nokia will introduce Qt to the maemo platform in addition to GTK+. The plan is in the earliest stage and recruitment offers for Qt/C++ developers will pop up soon. Don't expect any Qt application developed by Nokia for the tablets anytime soon, though. The first actual step will be the distribution of the Qt libraries for application development in maemo.org during 4Q2008.

Nokia wants to explore cross-platform possibilities between S60 and maemo. It is interesting also to check the interest in the developer community for Qt in the tablets. GTK+ and Qt coexist in the Linux desktop and the mix could work in maemo as well. This is also a way to attract more attention from the KDE community, a sensible move especially if the Trolltech acquisition gets completed.

GTK+ based Hildon continues defining the UI of maemo and the Internet Tablets. The maemo team is developing Hildon further and after the release of the N810 WiMAX edition there is more in the pipeline.

Nokia has no plans to offer a "hildonized" Qt-based UI. Qt applications will look different in the tablets just like some successful 3rd party applications look different. Cross-platform development has its own challenges: the earlier we start the better.


Axel Pauli
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Sounds good that Nokia will also support Qt. For me is the main point too to get access to the virtual keybord via Qt. ATM I'm working on a Qt based application. I got it running under Maemo by using Qt4 libraries but the main issue is for me the missing virtual keybord support.

2008-04-16 10:44 UTC
Quim Gil
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@ Fred & Eugene as said above, Qt will be available for application development and Nokia will use it as well. That day application developers will have everything they need to make applications work.

We are still working on the details about when and how exactly we get there. As mentioned, this is an early announcement.

And yes Henrik, Hildon and GTK+ continue defining the UI framework. Once Diablo is released we will start talking about the next release, and probably GUADEC in July is a good time & venue for that.

2008-04-16 04:45 UTC
Eugene Antimirov
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People! Is it possible for Qt apps to use virtual keyboard?

2008-04-15 19:01 UTC

I suppose the main question about Qt is virtual keyboard integration ?

2008-04-15 15:25 UTC
Henrik Hedberg
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This was a very important announcement. Qt is naturally a welcome addition to Maemo platform, but even more important is the continuity of GTK+ support. Third party developers who have used and invested in GTK+ technology can rely that their applications continue to offer high-class native ("hildonized") user experience in Internet Tablet devices.

2008-04-15 14:45 UTC


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