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21 October 2008, 09:55

Qt preview for Symbian S60 mobile devices

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Qt Software have released a technical preview of the Qt GUI framework for the Symbian Series 60 (S60) platform. The preview version of the toolkit was introduced at the Symbian Smartphone Show currently under way in London. S60 is the operating system used on a number of Nokia's smartphones and other mobile devices, including the E and N series handsets. Qt say that the toolkit should allow developers to target the eighty million S60 devices that have been sold to date. Qt for S60 is scheduled to be finalised mid-2009.

QT is a GUI framework for C++ application developers which is already available on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It is dual-licensed under the GPL, for open source developers, and a proprietary licence for closed source deployments.

To use the preview of Qt for S60, developers need to be running S60 3rd Edition with feature pack 1 or later on their mobile devices. The SDK itself is currently only available in for Windows systems. Other requirements include using Nokia's Carbide development environment, Open C/C++ and PC Suite synchronization software.

The preview comes in two forms, a 104MB archive for commercial developers and a 242MB archive for open source developers. These can be obtained from the Qt Software site along with patches which are need for various developer configurations.


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