Qt to replace S60/Avkon in 2011:
You have valid references there and these people are aware of road-maps....guess you are able to draw inferences...
- Neil R.Bhasme -
Wonder what else Symbian Foundation has in store for us.
However one that makes me a lil skeptical and sad is that what happens to all the years of experience that we have gained out of burning our hands on the S60/UIQ UI customizations and traversing through the complex maze of UI development in Symbian, does it all come to a naught with the advent of QT?
How valuable in today's world is, e.g., VAX/VMS, OpenVMS knowledge for software developers? I can bet that considerable sums have been spent there, too, and little of it is directly useful for most developers today.
Operating systems come and go, or mutate. Application frameworks come and go, or evolve to something else. Development tools come and go.
When the new next big thing comes along, the professionals are still needed, and in the software development world is all about constant renewal, and sometimes you just have to move on.
As Qt is a application framework which provides other things apart from UI. So is it that Now S60 SDK will be replaced by Qt and that will be the platform for appliction development?
Or it would be Qt UI + S60 Backend?
So all S60 editions will become history?
S60 as a name might disappear, since it is Symbian UI now, though it is still good old Avkon..
As far as I can see there is even a deeper cut than only AVKON -> Qt.
- AVKON seems to stay side by side with Qt, but AVKON won't be refurbished.
- JME won't be refurbished - JavaFX is not included in the next Symbian Foundation releases
- S40 devices with 240x320 screens won't be refurbished - in this presentation on slide 12 there is a quite clear statement:
Some more Background infos about cancellation of JME on Page 21:- Technically there are two key elements: the API itself and service enabler
o Nokia will implement service enablers to S60 and maemo
o Open source contribution model
- Enabling cross-platform mobile application development and service access
o Significant advantage for developers currently targeting S40, S60, maemo and other platforms.
o Build and maintain one application which can be deployed across many platforms (Nokia and non-Nokia platforms)
and here:Currently, Nokia is making no commitments regarding the commercial availability of these Java technologies, although Nokia has confirmed that the Mobile Service Architecture (MSA) (JSR-248) full set is on the roadmap for a future release of the S60 platform.
Nokia plays a very large role on the next Qt Developer Days in Munich:The JavaFX Mobile partner page (http://javafx.com/partners/) only
mentions two mobile phone vendors: Sony Ericcson and LG (third and
fifth in global market share for a combined 16.3%.
Almost 50% of the sessions cover Maemo or S60 development which is hardly surprising Nokia bought Qt for 104 Mio €.
And the current progresses are really nice: