Qt 5.2 offers apps and UI true cross-platform application development

December 13, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Qt 5.2 features full Android and iOS support, enhanced desktop capabilities, and increased performance and functionality, on all leading desktop, embedded and mobile platforms

Qt (“cute”), the cross-platform application and user interface (UI) development framework is now available at version Qt 5.2. By adding support for Android and iOS to its range of desktop, mobile and embedded operating system platforms and enhancing its core performance and functionality, Qt 5.2 is positioned as the only cross-platform development framework for UI and non-UI creation to enable intuitive and high-performance platform-independent software applications no matter the target device or screen size. Under the Qt Enterprise offering, Qt 5.2 enables increased mobility of enterprise applications and paves the way for enterprise-ready multi-screen applications that users can experience from desktop, to smartphone, to car, to TV.

In addition to Android and iOS support, Qt 5.2 also introduces Qt Cloud Services, developed to address the cloud computing needs of enterprises and developers in such a way that makes Qt a solution that facilitates the whole lifecycle of connected and data-driven Qt applications. Qt Cloud Services’ first offering is data storage and user management, also known as Enginio. The introduction of Qt Cloud Services with Qt 5.2 offers everything needed to develop, test, deploy and manage applications with one Qt.

Qt 5.2 also includes a new JavaScript engine and Scene Graph renderer that further improve the functionality and performance of Qt Quick QML, a declarative UI development language, for the creation of intuitive, highly-intensified graphics on desktop, embedded and mobile platforms. New modules for Positioning, Bluetooth and NFC have also been introduced, as well as a bundled-in Qt Creator 3.0, the Qt integrated development environment (IDE).

Qt provides true cross-platform capabilities across all the most widely used and relevant desktop, embedded and mobile platforms, supporting 15 leading operating systems. For the enterprise, this greatly simplifies the process of mobilising applications throughout the organisation. The implementation of programmes such as bring your own device (BYOD) will benefit not just from streamlined development but also reduced maintenance effort due to the use of