I’m sure you have seen the news already, and they are indeed big. To begin with, individuals can now be Ovi Store publishers. It will still cost you 50€ to register but once you’ve done that there are no more costs for you, Nokia will take care of all the signing costs for you. I’m sure many individual developers, students and hobbyists are getting now the answer they’ve been waiting for. Yes, developing for Symbian is possible and profitable for you as well.
But that’s not all. To sell good applications you need good development tools, and the final release of the Nokia Qt SDK 1.0 is just that. One tool, one application and UI framework, one source code and capability to build apps for both Maemo 5 and Symbian/S60 (starting with S60 3.1).
The SDK includes the final release of the Nokia Smart Installer for Symbian, a tool designed to ease the distribution of Qt based applications to devices which do not have yet Qt libraries built-in. See below the installer in action.
Speaking of the Smart Installer, there is something you should know
The SDK was packaged with a slightly older version of the Smart Installer, so if you are using the offline installer you should make sure to query for SDK updates using the maintenance tool from SDK’s application group in Windows’ Start menu. By doing so you will be able to fetch the up-to-date version of the Nokia Smart Installer for Symbian.
If you have used the online installer for the SDK then you already have the latest smart installer build, no need for an update check yet.
And that’s the end of my status report in this post. I’d like to hear what you think of these news, either here or on Twitter.