I decided not to blog anything right after Nokia & Microsoft deal was published. And I’m glad about that, because I have now reached the state where I’m actually excited again! Volker Hilsheimer made a very good summary about the situation from Qt perspective.
Instead of going deep into politics and sales speeches, I decided to approach this from a technical perspective. Keeping things simple and concrete, here’s one example UI implemented in few hours with Qt Quick & QML Scene Graph:
Please spend a bit time looking at what is really happening in there: wave, colorize, fading, water, text highlight… This is ~300 lines of QML + GLSL, performing smoothly on good ol’ N900 hardware. Same can not be done using WP7 Silverlight & XAML, period.
Qt is still the best platform for “mobile phones” and we have also here good ingredients for the “future disruption” like Nokia management has outlined. But technology is nothing without a community (a.k.a. “ecosystem”), so question is that are we going to continue the work and do it? While you think about that, I’ll continue hacking with my superior technology! =)