I’m pleased to announce a new code drop today in our public github repository for the BlackBerry PlayBook port of the Qt toolkit. This new drop features many fixes, features and improvements over the initial one that was released at DevCon in October.
The first main improvement is general stability; lots of crashes have been fixed and the new code should work properly on the PlayBook simulator as well as on the actual device.
Secondly, an experimental fully OpenGLES2-backed rendering architecture has been implemented and can be enabled at runtime. This can be done by setting the environment variable QBB_USE_OPENGL to 1 before launching your app. Please note that this is very immature right now.
Finally, the XmlPatterns module, conspicuously not present in the previous drop, is now built by default.
We have also taken the opportunity to rebase our branch on top of the upstream 4.8 branch maintained by Nokia, and this is why we had to create a new branch for this new drop, as history has been rewritten.
And last but not least, many thanks to all the community members who have been working with us and submitting bug reports and patches – your feedback is what makes open source so great, and we look forward to hearing any suggestions you have in the future!