Qt Creator 2.6 Release and Qt for Android (Necessitas) Merged to The Qt Project
Qt Creator Version 2.6.0 has been released yesterday. The most notable change is the introduction of “Kits” to replace “Targets” that were used in previous versions of Qt Creator. Previously, “Targets” such as Desktop or Remtoe Linux were added to a project’s configuration in order to use predefined configurations. “Kits” extend the use of “Targets” and contain settings for which device type to develop for, the sysroot, the compiler, the debugger and the Qt version to use, and possibly even more settings. Users can define their own “Kits”, which should facilitate control of build and run environment and projects sharing.
Other changes include full screen support on Mac OS Lion and later, numerous fixes and additions to the qrc file editor, direct rebuilding and cleaning of .pro file based subprojects, more C++11 fixes, and more.
On the platform side, QNX/Projects support was added, but Symbian (no maintainer) and Meego (due to “complete irrelevance”) support was dropped. Experimental support for Android (Necessitas SDK) was merged into Qt Creator.
According to Qt for Android announcement, applications based on Qt for Android have been downloaded 2,7 million times, and there are currently over 800,000 users. Ministro Installer is the Android app that allow applications to fetch the required Qt libraries. Currently, Necessitas (beta) works with with Qt 4.8, but this implementation will be used as the baseline to add Android support to Qt 5, and Android should become fully supported by Qt sometimes in 2013.
Qt Creator 2.6.0 is available for download for Windows, MAC, Linux and in source code form. For further information on Necessitas, you can visit “Necessitas – Qt for Android” wiki. Demos of Qt for Android will be shown at Qt Developer Days in Berlin, next week on 12 -14 November, 2012.