Advancing its tooling for the development of applications for Symbian smartphones, Nokia has announced the availability of a new release candidate of the latest version of the Qt software development kit.
Qt is a cross-platform application and UI framework that Nokia has slated as the core development platform for Symbian and MeeGo. In an April 6 blog post, Nokia announced the availability of the Qt SDK 1.1 Release Candidate. "This is a major step towards the final Qt SDK 1.1, building on the beta we released a couple of weeks ago," the Nokia post said. "The final Qt SDK will allow you to submit your Qt 4.7-based applications to the Ovi Store."
Nokia said the most important updates in the release candidate, compared with the beta, include Qt 4.7.3 for Desktop and Symbian, an update to Qt Mobility 1.1.2, the addition of Qt Assistant as a separate package (due to developer request), enabling the installer to use system proxy on Linux, moving the notification API from experimental to "additional APIs," several fixes for the Qt Simulator and
- several fixes for the installation/updating workflow.
In related news, Nokia announced that it would host a Qt Contributors Summit in June. The summit will run June 16 to 18 in Berlin, Germany, where Qt contributors from around the world can meet to discuss Qt and to plan ways of working together on creating Qt for the future, Nokia said in another post.
"As we move forward with our Open Governance project, we believe that by summer it will be about time to put people together in one location," the post said. "There are many topics to discuss for us, developers already contributing today and those sitting on patches for tomorrow. The idea is to meet in sessions following an adapted (and partly more structured) un-conference format. Right now, we're collecting topics that we would like to discuss but there will be plenty of room for suggestions by attendees and ad hoc sessions."
Moreover, this summit is invitation only, and here's a form for you to request your invitation.
Meanwhile, Nokia also promoted a video touting applications running on both a Symbian 3-powered device as well as on the Android-based Samsung Galaxy tablet. The developers behind the effort used the community Qt for Android port, which is not an officially supported Qt platform.