Saturday, February 12, 2011

Nokia & Microsoft at it together; Qt orphaned?

Nokia, after years of nurturing and growing it's Symbian OS along with Maemo and MeeGo is dumping it all in the favor of Windows Mobile 7. With this Nokia is also orphaining it's baby, Qt.

What this means for the layman is this, all Nokias budget phones will remain on Symbian for some more since it remains the OS of choice for cheap phones under Nokia. But Indian and Chinese manufacturers are bringing out their own cheap phones that have better value.

High end phones will migrate to Windows 7 Mobile. This means Symbian ^3 is gonna go down the drain. And MeeGo remains a ?

Open letter by Stephen Elop and Steve Ballmer
Nokia and Microsoft have entered into a non-binding term sheet. The planned partnership remains subject to negotiations and execution of the definitive agreements by the parties and there can be no assurances that the definitive agreements would be entered into.
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Some things are for sure:
• Nokia will adopt Windows Phone as its primary smartphone strategy, innovating on top of the platform in areas such as imaging, where Nokia is a market leader.

• Nokia will help drive and define the future of Windows Phone. Nokia will contribute its expertise on hardware design, language support, and help bring Windows Phone to a larger range of price points, market segments and geographies.

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Tina said...

Qt will continue to be the development framework for Symbian and Nokia will use Symbian for further devices; continuing to develop strategic applications in Qt for Symbian platform and encouraging application developers to do the same. With 200 million users worldwide and Nokia planning to sell around 150 million more Symbian devices, Symbian still offers unparalleled geographical scale for developers.
Extending the scope of Qt further will be our first MeeGo-related open source device, which we plan to ship later this year. Though our plans for MeeGo have been adapted in light of our planned partnership with Microsoft, that device will be compatible with applications developed within the Qt framework and so give Qt developers a further device to target.

Check this to see what other developers have to say:

DiLin Anand said...

Thank you for your explaining it Tina,but do you really think Nokia is going to devote that much resources into MeeGo? Intel thinks not, and the Nokis head of MeeGo reportedly resigned so I don't think things are looking good at all.

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