Nokia (NYSE:NOK) issued an enhanced Qt software development kit promising a 70 percent reduction in the number of lines of code required to write apps for the company's Symbian smartphone portfolio. Qt--a cross-platform app development framework--offers a complete toolkit touting an abbreviated workflow, simplified software creation and intuitive UI libraries; according to Nokia, the Qt SDK also enables developers to effectively future proof their apps by adapting their software to run on emerging mobile platforms like MeeGo, leveraging those operating systems' additional features and APIs. The Nokia Qt SDK also features the Qt Simulator, allowing developers to test their apps on a computer. The SDK is available for download here.
In related Nokia news, the handset maker will make over its Ovi Store content marketplace to incorporate a new look and feel promising a more integrated user experience--in addition, the company touted a series of developer enhancements including new pricing options. According to Nokia, the upgraded Ovi Store will simplify and accelerate application search and discovery; the store will also introduce in-app purchases, enabling developers to deliver expanded pricing options like subscription models, micro-transactions and 'try and buy' offers giving consumers the flexibility to download a free, lite version of an application for subsequent upgrade to a more feature-rich premium edition. Nokia adds it will improve operator revenue share on Ovi Store purchases made after Oct. 1, but did not offer specifics.
According to Nokia, Ovi Store developers now reach roughly 175 million Symbian-based smartphones worldwide. The store's footprint spans across 190 countries and boasts relationships with 91 mobile operators. Nokia notes that more than 50 Ovi Store publishers have reached the 1 million download benchmark, with some topping more than 40 million downloads to date.
For more on Nokia's Qt SDK:
- read this release
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