Qt Framework Broadens Rich Application Development with Integration of Web
Content and Portability to Mobile Devices
Trolltech, a global leader in cross-platform application frameworks, has released a new version of its flagship product, Qt. Key features added to the popular framework in Qt 4.4 include functionality that, for the first time, enable developers to create applications that blend content from the live Web into native desktop and mobile applications. Qt 4.4 also makes it easier to deliver a consistent user experience across Windows, Macintosh and Linux systems, as well as on mobile devices.
Qt has become the de facto standard for building advanced cross-platform applications. It provides a common framework to deliver applications and services across both desktops and devices. Qt 4.4 now extends the reach of those applications so they can also be deployed on devices running Windows Embedded CE, the small footprint operating systems that run on a wide variety of devices—from smartphones and barcode readers to consumer products like set-top boxes and digital picture frames.
“The Last.fm software gives music fans an easy way to track their listening habits and receive music recommendations. Qt was a natural choice for us because we had to support any potential listening environment,” said Toby Padilla, vice president of desktop and client software for Last.fm. “Last.fm integrates with all major media players on Windows, Mac and Linux with a single, open source code base. Without Qt, that simply would not have been possible. Furthermore, Qt’s new support for Windows CE and Windows Mobile gives us the option of easily supporting those platforms.”
“With Qt 4.4 we advanced three of our key design goals; first, giving developers the ability to develop cutting edge user interfaces, second, enabling them to more efficiently develop faster, high performance applications, and finally extending our vision of Qt Everywhere by adding support for Windows CE,” said Benoit Schillings, Trolltech CTO.
“The market is continually creating a higher bar for deploying increasingly graphically rich applications on a multitude of different devices,” said Al Hilwa, Program Director at IDC. “Giving developers a single platform for development across desktop operating systems and embedded platforms can help speed the timely process of taking code from desktop to desktop, desktop to embedded, or embedded to embedded.”