Nokia makes announcements to encourage Symbian development
I am not a developer, but I do use a lot of applications on my devices. Nokia made several developer announcements today that look to be designed to keep developers or bring more to the Symbian platform. All About Maemo has a good post covering the announcements that I recommend you check out. Unfortunately, I still think the Ovi Store is the lamest online application store of any mobile platform and don’t see any improvements being planned or talked about. With highly profitable stores in the iPhone App Store and Google Android Market I really wonder if developers think it is worth continuing with Symbian. Nokia made five key announcements today to try to encourage continued development and these include:
- Availability of the Nokia Qt Software Development Kit (SDK) 1.0
- Individuals can now register as Ovi Publishers
- Public beta of Nokia signing Symbian apps for free
- Availability of Nokia Smart Installer for Symbian
- Ovi Store intake for Qt apps
The new Nokia Qt SDK allows for cross-platform development for Symbian and Maemo devices and as we know Symbian will continue to be developed for years as MeeGo powers the higher end devices. The Symbian signing change is nice and should hopefully get a few more apps out there. I know I had to manually sign iSMS to get threaded text messaging on my E71, but it was a real pain to go through that process.
All these announcements were made to make it easier for developers to get their apps out to users. Nokia recently released a tool to make website RSS feed app/widgets, but this site was denied because we have Nokia in the name. I actually think populating the Ovi Store with a ton of RSS feed widgets is a bit of a waste anyway so I didn’t try to pursue or get this resolved.
I would like to see some improvements in the Ovi Store myself. I just fine the whole interface to be rather slow, a bit cumbersome to use for explorer apps, and the highly touted recommendation section to offer up lame and undesirable content. I have only purchased a couple of things since it launched and mainly use it to see if I can find new stuff to then go purchase outside the Ovi Store.