Nokia has released a new plug-in for the Nokia Qt SDK which allows third party app developers to enable native push notifications. In plain English, that means apps like news apps, instant messengers, or social networking tools will be able to let you know when there’s an update more easily.
Because the API now supports native push notifications, it means that apps won’t have to constantly run in the background or constantly poll for data using your phone’s wireless communications to get updates. This should reduce the battery drain these apps use.
Nokia recently took over development of the Symbian platform, and announced that updates would be made through the Qt developer tools, and it looks like this is one of the first major such changes, applying to both Symbian and MeeGo devices using Nokia’s platform.