Qt – the future of mobile UI?
Some time ago I’ve mentioned Widgets Gallery, UI concept of Maemo 6. Even earlier you could have found series of Qt-based demos. Qt itself is application framework taken over by Nokia in 2008. Since then technology was developed to be available on every platform Nokia could reach, including Linux-based mobile phones, and Symbian. If to belive in Qt’s most important feature, portability, the code written in a good manner can be used to build application for Windows, Linux, Symbian, Mac OS and more.
I’m sure that in case of N900, the technology is advanced enough to write complex and advanced applications. In extras-devel repository there is a series of Qt Mobile Demo applications like MyBudget, HyperUI and ShopList. Part of it, Qt Mobile
Demo: Weather is now developed as regular application, still staying in extras-devel before will be well tested and approved.
What makes Qt so attractive? I think that putting together a nice piece of software is fairly easy with default available widgets. At least try demos mentioned above or have a look on screenshots, slick and steady, rather concepts than fully working applications, but give a nice view on what is possible with this framework. Phone UI looks futuristic, but still elegant and intuitive. Lists, counters, charts, animations, overall look of MyBudget and ShopList are really eye-candy. As concept-only work it makes me think more optimistic about UI future!
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