The Qt GNU/Linux Toolkit version 5.7 Brings Support For Small Form Factors
Qt is a cross-platform application framework that is extensively use to create and develop software applications by using a universal code-base allowing apps to be able to run on various hardware architectures without much change.
A member of the Qt company Jani Heikkinen has recently announced a new release candidate of the Qt 5.7 tool kit platform.
Qt 5.7.0 arrives almost two weeks after the beta build was launched and it brought in some much needed changes to the open-source graphical user interface tool kit.
Some of the notable changes applied to the new release includes support for a port of the Qt NFC application programming interface (API) to Google’s Android Mobile operating system.
Additionally, the new release also supports Apple’s TvOS that the company has develop for Television systems and the Qt multimedia module has also received the QML Playlist API.
The new Qt 5.7.0 release also caters support for numerous new embedded platforms that includes the 32-bit Raspberry Pi 3 Model B single- board computers.
Support is also heading to the Nvidia DRIVE CX boards that are powered by Nvidia’s Tegra X1 SoC for AArch64 (ARM 64-bit) hardware as well as devices based on the NXP i.MX7 multi-core processors.
However, it should be noted that the NXP i.MX7 multi-core processors do not have GPU support at the moment, so they will use the Qt Quick 2D Renderer and Linux framebuffer (LinuxFB).
Atop these new interesting features, Qt 5.7.0 will also introduce the rebase of the Qt WebEngine module to the open-source Chromium 49 web browser, the enablement of the JIT (Just In Time) compilation for 64-bit ARM Linux systems, as well as 64-bit and 32-bit WinRT platforms.