Nokia finally offloads Qt
Nokia. the formerly market leading mobile phone manufacturer, has sold all of its interest in the Qt graphical toolkit. which it acquired in January 2008 when it bought Qt’s parent company, Trolltech, for $150m.
Finnish company Digia had already bought the commercial licensing side of Qt (known as Qt Commercial) from Nokia last year. and will now take control over the rest of the company from Nokia. Sebastian Nystrom, head of strategy at Nokia, said: “Nokia is proud of the contributions we’ve made to Qt over the past four years.
[pullquote]Now is a good time for everyone to revisit their perception Of Qt[/pullquote]
That left Qt out in the cold, so from that point on. a sale was inevitable. But it looks as if Digia is planning to keep Qt alive on mobile devices. Tommi Laitinen, senior vice president of international products at Digia, said in a statement: “Now is a good time for everyone to revisit their perception of Qt. Digia’s targeted R&D investments will bring back focus on Qt’s desktop and embedded platform support, while widening the support for mobile operating systems”.
We’ve also heard more from Jolla. the company that is resurrecting MeeGo. another of Nokia’s cast-offs. MeeGo will have to cover a lot of ground to catch up to iOS and the Android app markets, but CEO Jussi Hurmola told Finnish website 3T that Jolla will make its OS compatible with Android apps. in order to profit from the already thriving third-party development scene. Hurmola also boasted that: “Our user interface is more modern than the Android and iPhone. They have remained static for five years. but [we] can do better.”
The first MeeGo-powered smartphones from Jolla are expected to come on to the market later this year.