Digia offers cross-platform tools embedded, Android, iOS

December 13, 2013

Bernard Cole-December 13, 2013

To reinforce its drive to become the leading cross-platform development environment for embedded system and user interface design, Digia  has just released its upgraded Qt 5.2 with support for Android and Apple’s mobile iOS.

These are the latest additions to its extensive range of support for many desktop, mobile and embedded operating system platforms.

Lars Knoll, CTO Digia Qt, said that in addition to enhancing its core performance and functionality, the company is positioning Qt 5.2 as the only cross-platform development framework for UI and non-UI creation to enable intuitive and highly performing platform-independent software applications no matter the target device or screen size.

In addition to Android and iOS support, Qt 5.2 also introduces Qt Cloud Services, developed to address the cloud computing needs of enterprises and developers.

The company’s first offering in this area, said Knoll, is its Enginio data storage and user management platform. Qt 5.2 also includes a new JavaScript engine and Scene Graph renderer that further improve the functionality and performance of Qt Quick QML, a declarative UI development language, optimal for the creation of intuitive, highly-intensified graphics on desktop, embedded and mobile platforms.

New modules for Positioning, Bluetooth and NFC have also been introduced, as well as a bundled-in Qt Creator 3.0, the Qt integrated development environment (IDE).

Extensive enhancements to Qt’s desktop support are incorporated in Qt 5.2. These include the addition of Qt Windows Extras and Qt Mac Extras, which allow integration with platform specific functionality on Windows and Mac OS X respectively, and improvements to Qt Quick Controls and Qt Widgets.

Qt supports all major desktop operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, embedded operating systems such as embedded Linux, embedded Android, Windows Embedded as well as the most widely deployed real-time operating systems for embedded devices – VxWorks, QNX Neutrino and INTEGRITY – and popular mobile OSes including Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and SailFish.

The commercial version of Qt 5.2, Qt Enterprise with extensive additional features such as Charts, Advanced Visualization and Enterprise Tooling, can be downloaded as a 30-day free trial from http://qt.digia.com. The Qt open source version can be downloaded from the open source community website.

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