Interview: More questions from Nokia’s Purnima Kochikar

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We sent some more questions before we published our interview with Nokia’s Purnima Kochikar, Vice President of Forum Nokia; but we didn’t get them answered before today. So, here is (what we deem) Part Two of the e-mail interview with her.

Q. The Qt UI framework makes it easier for applications to be built for both mobile and desktop computers. What do you see are the benefits of this, and do you think or see applications for desktops using Qt porting their products for mobile devices?

As Qt on top of MeeGo will run on multiple device types, people can keep their favorite apps whenever they change device or upgrade; they are not locked in to one kind of device or manufacturer.For developers, they not only get the cross-platform benefit with Qt across Symbian and Maemo, but in the future also to wide range of devices built using this new merged software platform.

Q. Speaking on the MeeGo, both Nokia and Intel says that you will provide Ovi and AppUp on the OS. Is there any plans for Qt apps for desktops to be added to the AppUp “app store”, or will Qt on the MeeGo be limited to mobile devices and not netbooks?

Qt will be the primary application framework for MeeGo and both Intel and Nokia are committing their investment in it. MeeGo will continue to support multiple toolkits API’s and technologies in an inclusive manner in order to provide maximum market opportunity for everybody in the ecosystem.

Q: Will MeeGo applications be supported in the Intel AppUp Centre?

Yes. Validated MeeGo applications will be available through the Intel AppUp Centre.

Q: Will MeeGo applications be available from Ovi Store?

Yes. MeeGo applications for Nokia MeeGo based devices will be available from the Ovi Store.

Q. What was the reasoning behind the merger between Moblin and Maemo?

MeeGo offers a united developer experience for a variety of devices. For developers, this merger creates the best open source Linux ecosystem for computing devices and yet still maintains the freedom for manufacturer and developer innovation. MeeGo will help reduce market fragmentation and complexity, and accelerate time-to-market for a wealth of new Internet-based applications and services

Q. Does Nokia have plans to continue supporting Symbian?

We have multiple platforms to serve different purposes and address different markets. Symbian is more successful than ever in bringing smartphones to the masses: it has more than 40 per cent of the global smartphone market. Symbian is our choice for smartphones and we in fact see it deploying even more widely as the technology required to run it trickles down through the portfolio.

Q. Will an Ovi apps store will be added to Symbian^3?

Yes. Q: The merged software platforms has two apps APIs, Qt and GTK+,. Aren’t you creating more fragmentation for developers with this approach for the next years?

Qt will be the primary application framework for MeeGo and both Intel and Nokia are committing their investment in it. MeeGo will continue to support multiple toolkits API’s and technologies in an inclusive manner in order to provide maximum market opportunity for everybody in the ecosystem. Open Source is about inclusion, not about exclusion.

Q: What benefits will be presented by this new software platform? Why should customers care?

For consumers, MeeGo, running on high performance devices, will deliver a wealth of Internet, computing and communication experiences, with rich graphics, multitasking and multimedia capabilities and the best application performance. MeeGo increases consumer choice. As it will run on multiple device types, people can keep their favorite apps whenever they change device or upgrade; they are not locked in to one kind of device or manufacturer.

For developers, MeeGo unites Maemo and Moblin and will significantly expand the market opportunities for developers. MeeGo will be deployed across many computing device types – including pocketable mobile computers, netbooks, tablets, mediaphones, connected TVs and in-vehicle infotainment devices, and so will be a leading choice for application and services innovation. Developers do not only get the cross-platform benefit with Qt across Symbian and Maemo, but in the future also to wide range of devices built using this new merged software platform.

Q. Does Nokia foresee further smartphone growth as a result of this new platform offering?

Nokia’s platform for smartphones continues to be Symbian. In addition to driving smartphones to lower price points, which should broaden their appeal, we believe mobile computing devices based on MeeGo offer further opportunities beyond today’s smartphones.

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  • therohan

    Forum Nokia announces a technical workshop to learn how to create WRT and know more about QT in Sydney, Australia on 11th May, 2010. Great opportunity for mobile developers.
    Checkout: http://www.codeofpartnership.com/home.html
    Thanks