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UIQ (formerly known as User Interface Quartz) was a software platform based upon Symbian OS, created by UIQ Technology AB. It is a graphical user interface layer that provides additional components to the core operating system, to enable the development of feature-rich mobile phones that are open to expanded capabilities through third-party applications.

Sony Ericsson P800, the first device running UIQ to ship. In this device, UIQ runs on top of Symbian.
Screenshot of UIQ v3.1, showing Agenda

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UIQ was the result of 'Quartz', a user interface for pen PDAs that was one of the three provisional interfaces that were designed by Symbian Ltd. The first three Quartz phones never made it to market, including Psion's "Odin" in a joint venture with Motorola, which was cancelled in January 2001, causing Psion's shares to deteriorate. Engineers thereafter created a lighter version of the software which was presented in 2002, and first shipped that year with Sony Ericsson P800.

Sony Ericsson was the main OEM using the UIQ platform in its products. Motorola also developed some products using UIQ, but abandoned the platform in 2004 in favour of Linux, along with its stake in Symbian Ltd. In 2007, Motorola returned to UIQ with the launch of Motorola RIZR Z8. Nokia, which was using the competing Series 60 (later S60) platform, created one UIQ device called Nokia 6708, which is a rebadged BenQ P31, and was only released in the Asia-Pacific region.

Sony Ericsson bought UIQ Technology in November 2006, and the next year, Motorola bought half of it.

After the creation of the Symbian Foundation and its favouring of S60 as their user interface of choice, UIQ's future was uncertain, as it could no longer develop the software for the Symbian operating system. Many Motorola UIQ devices planned for 2009 were cancelled, including Motorola Razr3, codenamed "Ruby".

UIQ Technology filed for bankruptcy in January 2009, which effectively ended the UIQ platform. Sony Ericsson moved on to Windows Mobile and the open source Symbian from the Symbian Foundation, whilst Motorola adopted Google's Android software.

UIQ 3.3 was the last version of the platform, based upon Symbian OS v9.3. Developers that developed on the UIQ 3.x platform had a much better story than with previous releases, since all UIQ 3.x phones were served by a single, core SDK.

Native applications can be written in C++ using the Symbian/UIQ SDK. All UIQ-based phones (2.x and 3.x) also support Java applications.

UIQ phones employ touch screens with a resolution of 208×320 pixels (UIQ 1.x & 2.x) and 240×320 (UIQ 3.x). Depending on the phone, the color depth is 12-bit (4096 colors), 16-bit (65536 colors), 18-bit (262144 colors), and 24-bit (16,777,216 colors) on some newer phones.

For developers, the significant items are:

  • Single SDK model - developers targeting core UIQ features can use the UIQ SDK to target any UIQ 3 device. Extensions targeting specific device features (such as WiFi, etc.) are available from phone manufacturers' websites.
  • Increased tools support - developers can use whichever tools they are familiar with (DevStudio, Eclipse, Carbide, CodeWarrior, NetBeans). Many of these tools are beginning to support extensive RAD features for both C++ and Java developers. Visual Basic programmers can use NS Basic/Symbian OS.
  • High volume, mid-range devices are now possible,[when?] to significantly increase the potential customer base.

The following is a list of smartphones that have been announced/confirmed as running the newer UIQ 3.x platform.

PDA-style design (similar to a handheld computer)

Hybrid PDA/Phone design (Candy-bar phone with Touchscreen Display)

Slider design

  • S60, another Symbian-based platform.
  • MOAP, a Symbian-based platform used in NTT DoCoMo's 3G mobile phones.
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UIQ Article Talk Language Watch Edit UIQ formerly known as User Interface Quartz was a software platform based upon Symbian OS created by UIQ Technology AB It is a graphical user interface layer that provides additional components to the core operating system to enable the development of feature rich mobile phones that are open to expanded capabilities through third party applications Sony Ericsson P800 the first device running UIQ to ship In this device UIQ runs on top of Symbian Screenshot of UIQ v3 1 showing Agenda Contents 1 History 2 UIQ programming languages 3 List of UIQ 2 x phones 4 List of UIQ 3 x phones 5 First phones to use platform versions 6 See also 7 Notes 8 External linksHistory EditUIQ was the result of Quartz a user interface for pen PDAs that was one of the three provisional interfaces that were designed by Symbian Ltd The first three Quartz phones never made it to market including Psion s Odin in a joint venture with Motorola which was cancelled in January 2001 causing Psion s shares to deteriorate 1 Engineers thereafter created a lighter version of the software which was presented in 2002 2 and first shipped that year with Sony Ericsson P800 3 4 Sony Ericsson was the main OEM using the UIQ platform in its products Motorola also developed some products using UIQ but abandoned the platform in 2004 in favour of Linux along with its stake in Symbian Ltd In 2007 Motorola returned to UIQ with the launch of Motorola RIZR Z8 5 Nokia which was using the competing Series 60 later S60 platform created one UIQ device called Nokia 6708 which is a rebadged BenQ P31 6 and was only released in the Asia Pacific region 7 8 Sony Ericsson bought UIQ Technology in November 2006 3 and the next year Motorola bought half of it 9 After the creation of the Symbian Foundation and its favouring of S60 as their user interface of choice UIQ s future was uncertain as it could no longer develop the software for the Symbian operating system 10 Many Motorola UIQ devices planned for 2009 were cancelled including Motorola Razr3 codenamed Ruby 11 UIQ Technology filed for bankruptcy in January 2009 which effectively ended the UIQ platform 12 Sony Ericsson moved on to Windows Mobile and the open source Symbian from the Symbian Foundation whilst Motorola adopted Google s Android software 13 UIQ 3 3 was the last version of the platform based upon Symbian OS v9 3 Developers that developed on the UIQ 3 x platform had a much better story than with previous releases since all UIQ 3 x phones were served by a single core SDK UIQ programming languages EditNative applications can be written in C using the Symbian UIQ SDK All UIQ based phones 2 x and 3 x also support Java applications UIQ phones employ touch screens with a resolution of 208 320 pixels UIQ 1 x amp 2 x and 240 320 UIQ 3 x Depending on the phone the color depth is 12 bit 4096 colors 16 bit 65536 colors 18 bit 262144 colors and 24 bit 16 777 216 colors on some newer phones For developers the significant items are Single SDK model developers targeting core UIQ features can use the UIQ SDK to target any UIQ 3 device Extensions targeting specific device features such as WiFi etc are available from phone manufacturers websites Increased tools support developers can use whichever tools they are familiar with DevStudio Eclipse Carbide CodeWarrior NetBeans Many of these tools are beginning to support extensive RAD features for both C and Java developers Visual Basic programmers can use NS Basic Symbian OS High volume mid range devices are now possible when to significantly increase the potential customer base List of UIQ 2 x phones EditSony Ericsson Sony Ericsson P800 UIQ 2 0 Sony Ericsson P900 UIQ 2 1 Sony Ericsson P910 UIQ 2 1 Motorola Motorola A920 UIQ 2 0 Motorola A925 UIQ 2 0 Motorola A1000 UIQ 2 1 Motorola M1000 UIQ 2 1 Benq BenQ P30 UIQ 2 0 BenQ P31 UIQ 2 1 Nokia Nokia 6708 UIQ 2 1 Arima Arima U300 UIQ 2 0 Arima U308 UIQ 2 1 List of UIQ 3 x phones EditThe following is a list of smartphones that have been announced confirmed as running the newer UIQ 3 x platform PDA style design similar to a handheld computer Sony Ericsson M600 M600i M608c UIQ 3 0 Sony Ericsson P990 P990i P990c UIQ 3 0 Sony Ericsson P1 P1i P1c UIQ 3 0 Sony Ericsson W950 W950i W958c UIQ 3 0 Sony Ericsson W960 W960i W960c UIQ 3 0 Hybrid PDA Phone design Candy bar phone with Touchscreen Display Sony Ericsson G700 UIQ 3 0 Sony Ericsson G900 UIQ 3 0 Slider design Motorola RIZR Z8 UIQ 3 1 Motorola RIZR Z10 UIQ 3 2 First phones to use platform versions EditThe first UIQ v2 0 based phone was Sony Ericsson P800 The first phone to use UIQ 3 was Sony Ericsson P990 The first phone with UIQ 3 1 was Motorola RIZR Z8 The first phone with UIQ 3 2 was Motorola RIZR Z10 See also EditS60 another Symbian based platform MOAP a Symbian based platform used in NTT DoCoMo s 3G mobile phones Notes Edit Psion fails to live up to promise March 2001 Archived copy Archived from the original on 2018 08 12 Retrieved 2018 08 11 a href wiki Template Cite web title Template Cite web cite web a CS1 maint archived copy as title link a b UIQ History UIQ Technology Archived from the original on 23 May 2007 Retrieved 26 September 2019 Orlowski Andrew 21 Nov 2008 The GUI that almost conquered the pocket The Register Retrieved 26 September 2019 Moto buys into UIQ The Register theinquirer net Nokia China announce N6708 UIQ Phone theinquirer net Motorola to buy half of UIQ from Sony Ericsson Symbian Foundation continues to draw strong industry support Press release Sony Ericsson 2008 09 09 Retrieved 2008 10 24 Motorola RAZR3 aka Ruby axed in UIQ to Android transition 28 November 2008 The end of UIQ Archived 2009 05 25 at the Wayback Machine Esato Retrieved on 2013 12 08 UIQ Technology Files for Bankruptcy External links EditUIQ Technology Symbian OS and UIQ Developer Portal Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title UIQ amp oldid 1072383093, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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