Nokia has just released the new Qt SDK 1.2. This is in line with its Qt promise of cross-platform development. The latest Qt SDK contains all the tools required for you to immediately get started creating Qt apps for Symbian and Nokia N9 and to benefit from the increasing numbers of Qt app downloads on the Nokia store. Also, the new SDK makes it easier than ever for you to create rich applications with improved performance.
The new SDK includes the latest version of Qt Creator (2.4.1) as well as Qt 4.8 for desktop and embedded developers including Windows, Mac and Linux/X11 (released as stand-alone in December). As Qt mobile app downloads continue to grow in Nokia Store, this tool really comes handy to developers. The SDK update contains mobile improvements for the Symbian and MeeGo Harmattan 1.2 targets, new Qt mobility examples in Qt Creator and easy integration of the Qt In-App Purchasing API, which enables developers to build in-app purchasing into their Qt mobile application.
The benefits of the new SDK include:
- Qt Creator 2.4.1: This is a patch version containing some fixes and enhancements for Qt Creator 2.4.
- Improvements in the C++ and QML editors, such as syntax highlighting in QML, and improved static QML code-checking features.
- Improvements of the code refactoring tools
- Reusable “schemes” for the coding styles (C++ and QML) between projects
- Qt 4.8 for desktop and embedded Windows, Mac and Linux/X11
- Qt Platform Abstraction, which makes it easier to port QtGui to new windowing systems
- Qt Quick improvements including the possibility to embed OpenGL shader effects in Qt Quick apps with the help of a QML shader add-on.
- Threaded Open GL making it easier, and more thread safe, to render OpenGL from more than one thread concurrently
- More Qt mobility code examples: The updated Qt SDK includes over 20 Qt Mobility examples.
- In-App Purchasing: In-App Purchasing enables developers to seamlessly offer additional, premium content for purchase, such as new items/levels/functionality and try and buy application upgrades, within the confines of the app experience.
As a developer, having the opportunity to include In-App Purchasing can increase your revenue substantially. Without doubt, Qt continues to be a good choice for developers creating mobile apps for the 155+ million Qt enabled Nokia phones currently in the market.
What are you waiting for? Click here to learn more about what this offers to you as a developer and to download the latest Qt SDK.
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