Qt 5 Alpha is here – providing a taste of the future

| April 4, 2012 | 54 Replies


There’s a blogpost Qt fans will want to check out over at the Qt Blog.


With Qt, Nokia simplifies and unifies their development platform. Nokia is firmly committed to Qt. Qt will be powering the next billion. Qt was seen for Meltemi. Nokia are very much still showing Qt off for N9/Symbian Devices. There’s a possibility for Qt to crop up in W8/WP8 (though just as there’s a possibility for even the most rare event). Today is the first joint release of Qt 5 Alpha under the Qt Project umbrella.

Trolltech released Qt 4 almost seven years ago, and today the community is celebrating the first joint release of Qt 5 Alpha under the Qt Project umbrella. Nokia continues to be a key stakeholder and now the work done by Nokia is increased and supplemented by the efforts of Qt developers in other companies and contributors. As a consequence, more investments than ever go into Qt, and we are looking forward to an easier to use and more powerful Qt than ever.

Qt 5 reflects the changing landscape. The web and mobile devices have changed our lives. User interface technologies have moved from static widgets to a fluid touch based experience. The Qt user base has grown from primarily targeting desktop “only” to now targeting various desktop, embedded and mobile platforms – and with a strong need to provide a seamless interaction with the web and the cloud.

In this alpha release the first signs of Qt’s next generation are available for testing and feedback. For the Alpha we have focussed on delivering the foundation for Qt 5 – Qt Essential modules – and not the entire expected feature richness of Qt 5. The final release of Qt 5 will strengthen Qt’s position as a leading edge development framework for multiple industries, and offer a straightforward way to port Qt 4 applications to Qt 5.

Qt 5 will make it easier and faster to create
•    Smooth, accelerated graphics performance with limited resources by making better use of the GPU resulting in better performance on inexpensive hardware.  Qt 5 on Raspberry Pi is a nice example
•    Advanced UIs and applications with QML and Javascript. See the Qt Media Hub as an example
•    Powerful apps connected to the web.
•    Product variants through lightweight, project-specific builds.

With Qt 5 it will continue to be easy for you to maintain code as well to jump on new market opportunities on other desktop platforms or by targeting industries like Medical and Oil and Gas or Home Media link to IPTV blog post, and Automotive Infotainment by re-using code for different targets. We believe that the amount of maintained ports will grow beyond the Windows, Mac and Linux Wayland/X11 ports.  The QNX and Android ports, created by the Qt community, give a glimpse of what is possible. Qt 5 aim to offer the best possible functionality on each platform, while still offering efficient re-use for the majority of the code across platforms – with a focus on the back-end….

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