Nokia sells Qt to Digia: iOS, Android and Windows Phone ports coming

Nokia sells Qt to Digia: iOS, Android and Windows Phone ports coming
Nokia is continuing to spin off “non-core assets” and has now sold its Qt open source cross-platform development platform to Finnish software company Digia. Nokia didn’t disclose the financial details of the agreement, but said it sold Qt for a “fraction” of the $150 million it originally paid for the platform.

But what exactly is Qt and why is Nokia selling it? Interestingly, Qt, that is now said to be a non-core asset that’s spun off, used to be very near and dear to Nokia’s plans to transition from Symbian into future platforms like MeeGo and into “the next billion” with Series 40 and Meltemi.

The Qt platform was the migration path, the open-source solution that would allow nearly 400,000 loyal Nokia developers to transition their existing Symbian apps to Nokia’s own MeeGo. But also it was a way to bring real apps to “the next billion.” By selling Qt and cancelling its Meltemi project, the Finns are effectively saying: "Next billion strategy is based on Java. Period!" Actually, those are the words of Nokia’s own Qt developer Eero Penttinen.

Qt also offered a very easy way to bring applications to Android. Pause here for a second as that’s important. Selling Qt to Digia basically means that Nokia is stepping one step further away from Android as the plan B, and focusing even more exclusively on Windows Phone.

On the other hand, this could good news for Qt enthusiasts. Digia is getting some of the Nokia QT stuff along with the deal, and promises to work on cementing QT’s position as the leading cross-platform app and UI development framework. It will support iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Aslo interestingly, Qt will continue to be used on some mission critical systems like VxWorks. In case you haven’t heard about it, it’s the platform that NASA used for its Curiosity rover!

source: Digia

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19 Comments

1. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

or maybe because microsoft doesn't want QT on it's platform get rid of stephen Elop before it's too late.... ohh wait it is

7. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

This is what's on my thoughts. MS is now controlling nokia. First meego, then meltemi and now qt. Oh god.

2. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Qt is such an asset . Wtf is going on ?

5. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

stephen elop that's what's going on

11. SleepingOz unregistered

May be they need money..

12. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

they lots of other things could've sold and QT was already making money for Nokia

13. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

they spend so much money in qt now sell it off at a quarter of a price even though its usefull . wtf ?

18. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

they only sold it for a very cheap price... and also the 500 patents is sold for a cheap price too!! f**k that elop!!! he is the worst nokia CEO ever ad the worst CEO and man ever made by the creator!!! i hope terrorist attact him and kill him!!!

3. KineticArc

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

Well, I always thought Qt would be an excellent platform to develop with on a mobile phone. I have been using it for work for the past few years and it is one sweet SDK. I really hope this doesn't spell doom for the platform. I don't think I could stomach using GTK...

4. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

it's not digia will make android, Meego, ios compatible and possibly wp8

6. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

All hell breaks loose. WTF?! Elop, WTF?! NOKIA BOD! Empty shell, ghost of a company. NOKIA hanging on by a thread.

8. Nokia-Arte

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Elop needs to be fired right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9. thatdude1 unregistered

Nokia is definitely doing the will of Microsoft. When Microsoft commands, Nokia certainly obeys. They might as well call themselves "Nokia by microsoft" now.

10. android8

Posts: 23; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

Imagine ... Nokia Mobile Hardware + Android It would have been a tough competition to the mobile phone world rulers.

14. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

That sound risky

15. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Relax, people. Think this through. While not owning it, they still could utilize it as much as any other company to port development to Android, right? I mean, none of the other companies or developers will own it and they will be able to use it, right? As a matter of common sense, "plan B" was probably included in the deal if it is Android. Nokia just probably sees this as a more cost effective way to lower the financial burden on their company right now. Android is still and will always be an option if WP 8 disappoints.

16. jtech

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

"Nokia is stepping one step further away from Android as the plan B, and focusing even more exclusively on Windows Phone."

17. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

That statement was not from Nokia. It was the opinion of the writer of this story. It is the kind of opinion that makes it's way into a lot of writers stories and you have to learn to seperate the facts of the story from what someone writing thinks. In an election season, it is very, very common. Again, WHAT is the difference from Nokia using Qt than any other company? None, zip, zero, nada. Android is open source and there is no reason to think Nokia would not take advantage of a free, established OS that is polished enough that they could launch stock ICS/Jellybean devices in a short period of time if WP 8 does not do what Nokia needs it to. This sale is the equal of having a trailer you like just sitting out back collecting dust when you are short on cash. It isn't serving a purpose, use it as capital. There are other ways to haul stuff if you need to down the line....

19. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

dafuq nokia... you are let me down!! i hate you right now.. i really do.. there is no traction of the old nokia to these new nokia... no more symbian.. no more meego/maemo.. no more Qt... what will nokia's face gonna be?

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