So a few days ago I wrote that the writing was pretty much on the wall and Qt would be closed or sold by Nokia. It seems like what’s happened is a bit of both, with the Australian office not part of the sale. The rest of Qt, including staff in Germany and Norway will be bought by Digia, the company that bought licensing rights to Qt earlier this year. The fee is being reported by Reuters as about 4 Million Euros. Have to admit, that sounds kind of cheap, even though Digia do already have the licensing rights from the earlier deal.
One of the interesting things is in the Qt Blog, Digia said they hoped to bring it as an officially supported framework for iOS and Android devices. Given that Qt will also work on MeeGo/Tizen/Jolla and Blackberry QNX devices as well, it seems the only mobile devices Qt won’t run on in the near future will be Series 40 and Windows Phone. Clearly, with the strategy change in smartphones, this seemed inevitable, with the final straw being the decision to stay with Series 40 touch rather than Meltemi.
What is clear is that Qt will still be a supported, maintained and updated framework for cross-platform development and Qt fans everywhere can continue to use it to write apps using it. Jolla tweeted that this was a good day for the mobile industry. I’m not sure that Nokia fans will agree.