At a recent developer event, Nokia has announced that Qt will be the future for developing apps for all the Nokia-related platforms including Symbian, Maemo and MeeGo.
This means that app developers will be asked to use the Qt SDK to create their apps for both smartphones and other devices such as in-vehicle infotainment systems. To get things going, Nokia has launched a forum to promote their new ‘Design, Develop and Distribute’ philosophy, and from where developers can download the Qt SDK.
Apps developed using the Qt SDK will work on multiple Operating Systems and this will be made possible by a remote compiler hosted by Nokia that will repackage the application to suit the new OS, for example MeeGo in the future.
Now for the connection with GENIVI and Terminal Mode:
It is a known fact that Nokia is strongly pushing Terminal Mode in the automotive industry by using the connections gained through its work with CE4A. Several Tier 1 suppliers and a few vehicle manufacturers have already announced partnerships with Nokia and/or shown demos of in-car systems running Terminal Mode.
Whilst discussions on smartphone screen duplication based on Terminal Mode continue to heat-up, the automotive industry is also looking into next-gen Operating Systems that will be capable of supporting apps in the car, one of the main contenders being GENIVI (Linux-based).
Spearheaded by BMW, the GENIVI Alliance recently announced its interest to adopt MeeGo, as it is also Linux-based. This interesting development has put Nokia in a very good position to win many friends within the automotive industry.
Depending on how integrated MeeGo is with GENIVI, developers could be forced to use Qt to create applications for cars. This also means that apps developed for Nokia phones could be repackaged to work in the car.
Looking at this from another angle, there is a platform in the car that is Nokia-phone friendly, meaning that it is friendly with phones that have Terminal Mode software built into them.
This development would put Nokia in a strong position to convince GENIVI to implement Terminal Mode within their software stack to give vehicle manufacturers the freedom to implement flexible app solutions.
Whilst all this makes things look fantastic for Nokia, we should not forget that Nokia currently don’t really have a competitive smartphone in the market and are under severe pressure from their peers at Apple and Google. So unless Nokia get their act together and focus at what they do best – make phones – their future may not turn out the way they’d want it to be!
This is an original Telematics News article.