Nokia Sells Off Qt, Keeps Symbian Hope Alive
After embracing Windows Phone 7 to the shock of everyone, Nokia has now sold off Qt which might be good news for Symbian and MeeGo fans.
Digia has reached an agreement with Nokia to acquire the relevant licenses for Nokia’s Qt software group. [...]
“We are excited to extend our Qt business to serve our new customers. Building on our in-depth Qt expertise and experience from demanding mission critical solutions, we will offer world-class commercial licensing and support services to Qt Commercial customers,” said Digia SVP Harri Paani in a statement.
“We also look forward to driving further the evolution of Qt by bringing in new features and services.” (Know Your Mobile)
While it seems puzzling why anyone would want to own Qt (especially with Android dominating the globe), acquiring the “dying” platform is a wise move by Digia as it will enable them to gain a foot hold in the OS mobile wars without building something from scratch (think Samsung’s Bada).
Despite the sale (or rather the sale of the right to license the platform), Nokia is retaining their copyright’s to the platform, which might signal that they are not entirely wagering theirÂ existenceÂ upon Windows Phone 7.