|[February 19, 2013]
Digia Qt: Qt Enhances BlackBerry 10 Platform Tools
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
Qt developers have an unparalleled opportunity to bring their
applications and work to the new BlackBerry (News - Alert) 10 platform, Digia announced
today. The BlackBerry® 10 platform uses the Qt cross-platform
application and UI framework on top of a C/C++ foundation for BlackBerry
Cascades™, the UI toolset for developing native applications for
BlackBerry 10. Qt's ability to enable rich application development is
evident in the BlackBerry 10 Native SDK, which includes the Qt libraries
in its Cascades framework.
BlackBerry Cascades supports application creation with the standard Qt
development framework. Qt enables developers to create smooth
transitions, velvet-like animations and graphical effects that users
love. Qt developers can rapidly bring their applications to BlackBerry
10's growing ecosystem.
Juhapekka Niemi, Director, Qt Business Operations at Digia said: "We
were pleased to see the successful launch of BlackBerry 10 with a rich
and robust native development environment offering. Qt delivers the best
of both worlds being a cross-platform environment that supports true
native applications. That means that developers who have produced apps
for other platforms using Qt can migrate them to BlackBerry 10 with
minimal effort and vice versa. The ability to spread software
development investment across multiple platforms encourages the growth
of individual software platform ecosystems by minimising development
cost and risk."
Qt is an open source framework developed and maintained by Digia�(http://qt.digia.com/)
and the Qt Project�(http://qt-project.org/).
It enables developers to realise applications and companies to create
their own software ecosystems fast. Qt enables the creation of the type
of rich graphics and smooth animations that smartphone users expect, as
well as rigorous and complex applications with intuitive UIs. And,
because the applications are native to their respective systems, they
extract the maximum performance from the underlying hardware. BlackBerry
is an active contributor to the Qt Project and upstreams all its Qt code
contributions to the Qt repository via qt-project.org.
"BlackBerry customers are hungry for applications and we know that they
demand a powerful and fluid experience," said Christopher Smith, Vice
President, Handheld Application and Platform Tools at BlackBerry. "We
selected Qt because we wanted a framework that could enable us to build
developer tools that inspire BlackBerry 10 developers who want powerful
native tools for their apps."
Qt is an official BlackBerry Platform Partner�(https://developer.blackberry.com/devzone/develop/platform_partners/qt.html).
Used by over 500,000 developers worldwide, Qt is a full framework that
enables the development of powerful, interactive and
platform-independent applications. Qt applications run native on
desktop, embedded and mobile host systems, enabling them to deliver
performance that is far superior to other cross-platform application
development frameworks. Qt's support for multiple platforms and
operating systems allows developers to save significant time related to
porting to other devices.
About Digia, Qt
Digia is responsible for all Qt activities including product development
and commercial and open source licensing. Since March 2011, Digia Plc,
the Helsinki-based services and consulting powerhouse listed in the
NASDAQ OMX Helsinki exchange (DIG1V) has been the commercial licensor of
Qt. In September 2012 Digia acquired the full Qt business from Nokia (News - Alert).
Digia operates in China, Finland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and USA.
Digia has in-depth Qt expertise and experience from demanding
mission-critical development projects and hundreds of in-house certified
Qt developers. We have helped leading industry players worldwide deploy
Qt-based projects in the desktop, embedded and mobile space.
Digia's goal is to provide desktop, embedded and mobile developers and
companies with the most powerful cross-platform UI and application
framework. Together with its licensing, support and services
capabilities, Digia, Qt operates with the mission to work closely with
developers to ensure that the projects are deployed on time, within
budget and with a competitive advantage. http://qt.digia.com
BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of
Research In Motion Limited. BlackBerry is not responsible for any
third-party products or services.
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February 2013 Ref: DQ038/A
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