Digia announces the Qt Mobile Edition offering for true cross-platform mobile app development

Qt Mobile Edition enables rapid development and deployment of native apps on Android, iOS and other platforms

October 8, 2013 – Berlin-  — At Qt Developer Days 2013 Berlin, Digia announced the Qt Mobile Edition, a cross-platform development offering that provides everything needed to develop, deploy and host a mobile application at a low and affordable cost for Android, iOS and other mobile platforms. The Qt Mobile Edition enables hassle-free multi-platform application development and managing of apps with a built-in Qt-optimized cloud backend service, Enginio. The Qt Mobile Edition offering has been designed for individual developers and app development software houses looking to quickly develop native apps with mind-blowing graphics and performance for Android, iOS and other mobile platforms - all with one framework.

Qt Mobile Edition will be available later this year following the release of the next major update to the framework, Qt 5.2, in December. Qt is a true cross-platform framework that delivers native development across the most popular operating systems and screens defragmenting multi-target development. It is the only software development framework that enables native application development across desktop, embedded and mobile platforms supporting deployment on at least 14 leading operating systems across many processor architectures. Qt makes developers’ lives easier by enabling them to create eye-catching applications faster and deploy them on multiple targets in the mobile, desktop and embedded space by simply reusing the same code reducing development costs and time to market.

Qt Mobile Edition Key Features

  • Qt Mobile Edition libraries and development tools for unbeatable native performance and maximum developer efficiency
  • Cross-platform environment for Android & iOS app development plus other mobile platforms to be added soon
  • Cloud data storage & user management (Enginio Qt Cloud)
  • Application development support from Digia experts
  • Commercial development and deployment license protecting development investments and simplifying application distribution
  • Starting at $149 per month per user licence

Qt’s ability to deliver impressive graphics is enhanced by the use of OpenGL ES, the version of the graphics application programming interface designed specifically for mobile devices and embedded systems. This makes it easier to develop and deploy rich graphics with velvet-like animations and transitions as well as smoothly rendered 2D and 3D animations on devices with relatively limited performance, such as mobile phones and tablets. In addition to the versatile Qt APIs, applications built with Qt can also use platform and device-specific APIs giving the developer the freedom to integrate any functionality their application requires.

Tommi Laitinen, SVP of International Products, Digia Qt commented: “Today’s mobile developers want to produce always-connected apps that not only deliver stunning graphics and native performance, but which can be developed efficiently and easily deployed to multiple platforms and screens. Securing software investments among competing ecosystems is a must-have and the affordable cross-platform nature of the Qt Mobile Edition enables app developers to focus on an amazing UX, rest assured that their code is fully portable and monetize equally in various marketplaces. Qt Mobile Edition brings Qt to everyone everywhere with an affordable and commercially viable offering that enables true cross-platform development on Android, iOS, and other mobile platforms in the future, to reduce time to market and maximise the revenue potential of every app.”

Qt supports Android, iOS and many challenger mobile OS platforms together with all major desktop operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, and embedded operating systems such as embedded Linux, embedded Android,  Windows Embedded and RTOS.

More information about the Qt Mobile Edition can be found on http://qt.digia.com/Qtmobileedition and at Qt Developer Days San Francisco, November 6-8. www.qtdeveloperdays.com.

About Qt

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.

Qt is created by developers for developers where making developers’ lives easier is top priority. It provides an incomparable developer experience with the tools necessary to create amazing user experiences. Qt is platform agnostic and believes in making sure that all developers are able to target multiple platforms with one framework by simply reusing code. Qt gives freedom to the developer. Code less. Create more. Deploy everywhere.

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. Digia operates in China, Finland, Germany, Norway, Russia, Sweden and USA.

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


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