|Can you imagine? It only took a freelance Romanian developer to port Qt to Android. It's an early, initial release, but it shows already now that the mighty Nokia could have done it if they only wanted...|
Necessitas is a Qt suite for Android platform containing the following components:
* Ministro - system wide Qt libraries installer/provider
* Qt framework.
* Qt Creator for Android.
For more details, please see this page.
Now imagine a scenario that Nokia went Android instead of Windows Phone, made Android their primary platform, but kept Symbian and MeeGo alive as their secondary platforms. With this (or their own) Qt port to Android, they could have had ALL THREE SYSTEMS compatible with each other, i.e. made it possible to run Qt applications not only on Symbian and MeeGo/Maemo, but also on their Android phones. Looks good? But that's NOT ALL. With the recently announced Myriad Alien Dalvik (Android's Dalvik Virtual Machine port) for MeeGo (and possibly also for Symbian - why not?) they could have provided compatibility of ALL THREE SYSTEMS also in the reverse direction, i.e. made it possible to run Android software on Symbian and MeeGo/Maemo... Three platforms, ALL OF THEM compatible with each other, both ways. With Android's and Symbian's market share of over 30% each, Nokia could have supported systems covering.... 70% (seventy per cent) of the market, or even more if they stayed committed to MeeGo and made it successful. Why instead they went Windows Phone, that isn't (and will not be) compatible with their existing platforms (which forces Nokia to ditch them), and has a market share of.... 3% (THREE per cent) is beyond my comprehension.