Just as Nokia announces the first of its Symbian^3 devices, they have released a new SDK which allows Qt developers to write applications for Symbian, Maemo, and future Meego devices.
With future versions of Symbian OS, Nokia will be switching to Qt as the platform for developing applications for Nokia phones. To this end, Symbian^4 will feature a UI built on Qt, and so will Meego. Instead of rewriting the wheel, Nokia has wisely utilized an existing tried and tested UI framework.
By supporting Qt on Nokia phones, Nokia has extended Qt’s reach to an impressive range of operating systems and devices. Qt can now be used to target Windows, MacOS, Linux, Embedded Linux versions such as Meege and Maemo, and Symbian. The Qt SDK also includes APIs for device-centric features such as sending messages, or geolocation. With a unified API for all Symbian and Meego devices, applications developer will be able to reuse a lot more of their code across devices whcih support the Qt platform.
The new Nokia Qt SDK beta, which is available for Windows, and Linux finally lets developers target devices from the Qt Creator IDE. Qt Creator has also been much empowered, and now supports testing applications written for devices using a simulator.