Trolltech Upgrades Qtopia Software for Embedded Linux Devices
11/11/2004 - Trolltech®, a provider of leading application development software, today announced that it has released Qtopia® version 2.1, a major upgrade to its award-winning development platform and user interface for Linux-based mobile devices. New features in Qtopia 2.1 include touch-screen phone support, full-screen handwriting input and new phone themes to extend customers' flexibility and options for developing customized, full-featured Linux-based mobile devices.
With the added touch-screen support, Qtopia is the only feature phone software that supports the two primary types of input, touch-screen and key-based, with one software package.
"Qtopia meets the strong demand by mobile device manufacturers and service providers to create truly innovative products in which they maintain control of their branding and user interface," said Haavard Nord, CEO of Trolltech. "Qtopia version 2.1 extends the innate customizability of Qtopia with many new design options, while also adding important features for improved usability and performance. With Qtopia 2.1, manufacturers can create devices that deliver virtually any communication and computing functionality, all on an open, device-independent platform."
Qtopia: Innovation on Embedded Linux
Qtopia is a complete, customizable development platform and user interface for Linux-based mobile devices. Qtopia extends the flexibility and cost-savings benefits of Linux, serving as an alternative to proprietary platforms. Qtopia is currently available in two versions: Qtopia Phone Edition (Qtopia Phone), for Linux-based mobile phones, and Qtopia PDA Edition (Qtopia PDA), for personal digital assistants.
Qtopia version 2.1 extends Qtopia's flexibility with significant new functionality for creating innovative, differentiated Linux-based devices, including:
- Touch-screen phone support:
Qtopia Phone now includes support for touch-screen-based input, in addition to the key-based operation previously supported. With the new touch-screen functionality, Qtopia is the only feature phone software that supports the two primary types of input architectures with one unified software package.
- Full-screen handwriting recognition:
Qtopia PDA and Qtopia Phone now include customizable full-screen handwriting recognition to increase input flexibility.
- Enhanced theming:
In version 2.1, Qtopia Phone's powerful theming engine has been enhanced, allowing the user interface to be customized and personalized by manufacturers, operators and end-users.
- Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS):
Version 2.1 of Qtopia Phone has extended the messaging application to include support for MMS. This allows Qtopia Phone users to create and view MMS messages with images, text and audio content.
- Reduced Minimum Flash Requirement:
The minimum flash requirements for Qtopia have been reduced, enabling Qtopia to support Linux devices with very limited flash memory.
For a complete list of Qtopia 2.1 features, please go to the Trolltech Web site at http://doc.trolltech.com/qtopia2.1/html/release-2.1.0.html
Qtopia Momentum Escalates
Qtopia's position as the leading development platform for Linux-based mobile devices continues to strengthen. In separate press releases today, Trolltech announced that Datang Mobile Communications Equipment Co., Ltd. (Datang Mobile) has chosen Qtopia Phone as the software for its upcoming Linux-based mobile phone reference platform, and that Trolltech embedded Linux software provides the software underpinning for two new Motorola handsets: the Motorola E680 and A780.
Qtopia is used in mobile devices from some of the world's largest companies, including Sharp and IBM, and has also been chosen for Yuhua TelTech's upcoming Normandy mobile phone. In addition, Qtopia now supports Texas Instruments Incorporated's (TI) OMAP processor for wireless devices.
Trolltech® is a world leader in delivering tools, components, and libraries for C++ developers across all major operating systems. Trolltech products constitute a leading open source application development framework and are an integral part of the Linux desktop. Trolltech also develops innovative UI platforms that enable key players to adopt Linux for mobile devices. Trolltech creates two product lines: Qt® and Qtopia®. Qt is a complete C++ application development framework, which includes a class library and tools for cross-platform development and internationalization. Qtopia is the first comprehensive application platform built for embedded Linux, and is used on numerous Linux-based PDAs and mobile phones.
Trolltech is a second generation open source company with a dual licensing business model and provides development software to some of the largest companies in the world including Intel, IBM, Motorola, and Sharp, among thousands more. Trolltech is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices in Brisbane, Australia, and Palo Alto, California. More about Trolltech can be found at http://www.trolltech.com.
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