Nokia made the decision today to focus on Qt as the sole application development framework. This ensures that applications developed on this platform will continue to be compatible with future evolutions of Symbian as well as upcoming MeeGo products such as the Nokia N9. To demonstrate its commitment to Qt, Nokia promises to develop own future applications using Qt.
Nokia has long been advocating Qt to developers for a while now, but it’s surprising that their own recent apps such as the updated Ovi Store, Foursquare, and Social Networks aren’t even created on this platform. These apps use Web Run Time. WRT performance has been improved in Symbian^3 devices like the Nokia N8, but I find apps developed on this platform sluggish in general.
In the end, the type of platform apps are developed in don’t really matter to consumers. What’s important is the user experience. Useful apps that look and perform well make us happy.
Also part of the announcement is Nokia’s intent to support HTML5 in Web browsers. You can read the whole press release here.
To learn more, Rich Green, CTO talks about the development strategy on video below. Click here if it’s not visible in your RSS reader.