Qt has been sold – will officially suport iOS and Android, and Windows 8

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.

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About bluechrism

I am a software developer with most professional experience in the Windows .Net realm and I'm currently a WPF developer with Starkey Labs. However, I have wanted for some time to start the mobile developer journey properly and being an N900 owner, this was to be in the realm of QT. Job hunting, moving to Minnesota and changing jobs put my plans on hold 6-12 months but things are starting to settle now, just as I'm getting sorted to start some things, Microsoft and Nokia merge. This blog is about my novice mobile development experiences and hopefully will end up complete with links to download some apps on various platforms, but obviously by the name, Sybian, Maemo/Meego and Windows Mobile. In other stuff, I am English, I support Everton FC, I have visited Glastonbury music festival 5 times and recommend it to anyone. I am married and my wife and i have a dog called Friday.
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One Response to Qt has been sold – will officially suport iOS and Android, and Windows 8

  1. Pingback: Qt 5 beta has been releasesd | The MicroNokia Developer

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