Qt (/kjuːt/ “cute”,) is a cross-platform application framework that is used for developing application software that can be run on various software and hardware platforms with little or no change in the underlying codebase, while still being a native application with native capabilities and speed.
As we wrote in the previous blog the Qt framework is one of the most popular tools for developing digital instrument clusters and in-vehicle infotainment systems (IVI). The acknowledgment is that the Qt framework is a member of the Genivi Alliance where there are also such giants of the automotive industry such as BMW Group, Honda, Volvo, and others.
The bundle of “C++ and Qt” saves a lot of time and money, helps to get your product to market in a short time. The final applications are binary and thuswise fast as they are written in a native Integrated Development Environment (IDE).
The cross-platform development has one vulnerability. It is the framework itself that is used for development. If such framework is bad a project will be bad. Thus, it is critically important to use a sustainable and time-proven solution.
C++ and Qt is a good choice for developing a mobile application, especially when you need at least two versions for different platforms. But this way is not yet too popular. Why, you may ask? Well, because there are IDEs like Android Studio, SmartCode, Xcode. It is natural to think that a native application is better than cross platform software.
The Qt development framework presents a rich set of tools for the creation of cross platform applications with an advanced UI. The framework supports all popular desktop and mobile operating systems and shares 5th-6th place in a global non-official rating of all cross platform and hybrid toolchains for desktop and mobile development.