April 27, 2010
Nokia's new N8 smartphone is making a run to be the best at multimedia and apps development.
The phone, due later this year, is the first with the new Symbian 3 operating system. It includes full multitouch and multitasking. Users also get
customizable home screens and an unusually large 640x360 screen with a 12-megapixel camera, high-definition video, and surround sound.
For the apps, Nokia also announced its new Qt platform SDK, available now in beta. Software can be written and compiled once to run on
Symbian, including S60 versions 3.1 to 5.0, along with Maemo 5 and future Meego devices.
Current APIs run on Linux and Microsoft Windows; more APIs and Apple Macintosh will be added this summer, officials said.
The new SDK is based on Qt 4.7 and Qt Creator 2.0, both announced last month. That announcement also included Qy Hybrid for developing cloud applications, product line manager Dilip Kenchammana said.
More details about N8 and Qt are expected during Nokia's Developer Summit. That event was scheduled for June in San Francisco but was recently changed to September in London, officials said.