Checking in from CES Las Vegas

The tech world’s spotlight has turned to the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Qt with MeeGo devices is here with our broadest ever presence of shipping and upcoming products.

Qt booth at CES

There are 2700 tech companies showing products at CES this year, and an incredible 20,000 (!) new products being introduced across 15 categories. CES is still without doubt the most important event on the CE calendar.

We expect tablets, 3D, multiscreen convergence and in-vehicle infotainment to continue to be strong themes this year.

The rise of the multiscreen user experience to access content everywhere fits our Qt and MeeGo plans very well, as Qt is a leading choice for developing for multiple form factors, platforms and price points with various differences in the feature set.

Having the possibility to reuse large portions of the “back-end” business logic code of an application while using the Qt Webkit implementation to integrate HTML5 code, and making quick iterative designs with QML in the “front-end” of the code makes Qt stand out versus the alternatives on the market.

The Qt media hub proof of concept is a feature of our booth this year. Built with Qt Quick utilizing Qt Mobility it runs across nine different devices spanning platforms ranging from the Nokia 900, MeeGo Tablets and Netbooks as well as connected TVs to proprietary set top box Linux distributions.

Demos at CES

We are showing MeeGo in Tablets, home automation as well as in-vehicle solutions. Qt-based products from companies like HP, Asus and Samsung are here as well as demos across Digital Home Media devices, IP Media Phones and demos of reusing QML based application code across several chipsets, from low end to really high end.

Over the next few days we will have around 100 meetings with decision makers from major CE brands and operators here at CES. The three main reasons why they want to meet with us is that:

1. They have recognized the multiscreen trend, through demand from their various stakeholders. They need a powerful yet usable solution to tackle those challenges.
2. They see it as important to be able to differentiate their devices via software. To keep the end user relationships to themselves
3. They do not want to be locked in to a special business model and they agree that cooperating on the lower level plumbing in the stack makes sense, and saves money when you create a range of devices.

With our upcoming open governance and also with MeeGo, we have a positive story on all the points above.

Our demos are all up and running and we are ready for the meetings combined with minor work-out sessions on the Qt-based exercise bike - A really useful tool after the holidays :)

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