Nokia is cutting off all ties with the Qt framework, unloading what remains of its role to Finnish software company Digia, which acquired the commercial licensing business in 2011. Digia plans to bring Qt to Android, Windows 8, and iOS.
When Digia grabbed the commercial licensing business of Qt from Nokia last year, it was agreed that Nokia would still contribute to developing the framework. However, as part of Nokia’s operational restructuring, announced earlier this year, it has felt its contributions to Qt have reached the end of the line and it is time for Digia to lead the charge on future developments.
Sebastian Nystrom, on Nokia’s Qt blog, said that the company has been actively looking to secure a future for Qt as both an open source project and as a community, for commercial and open licensees. “As a result of those efforts,” Nystrom said, “Digia has announced its plans to acquire the Qt technology, copyright, and trademarks, as well as to transfer a number of Qt people from Nokia”. 125 Qt staff from Nokia will go to Digia’s offices, mostly in Oslo and Berlin.
The company believes that this is the “best possible solution for the continued success of Qt”. This is a final farewell to Nokia’s involvement in the framework, and presumably as part of its efforts to cut research and development projects it does not consider crucial, the Finnish company has confirmed that no Nokia devices will ship with Qt in the future.
The acquisition is expected to close during Q3, 2012.
Digia remarked that its key objectives with the acquisition will be to improve its own position within the community and strengthen Qt’s R&D capabilities. It pointed out that, since it took on the commercial licensing business last year, Qt has grown, and now Digia plans to expand its reach onto as many platforms as it can. Digia believes the acquisition will reflect positively on its 2012 revenues and expects that Qt will grow over the following years.