Digia has announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire the Qt (pronounced “cute”) software technologies and Qt business from Nokia for an undisclosed fee. Following its takeover, Digia plans to “quickly enable” Qt on the Android, iOS, and Windows 8 platforms, according to its press release.
Nokia sold its Qt commercial licensing and services business to Digia back in March 2011. But Digia’s latest acquisition will see it take over the entire Qt division.
Tommi Laitinen, Senior Vice President of International Products for Digia, said the company plans to build the next generation of leading cross-platform development environment after adding a “world class” organization to its team:
“We are looking forward to welcoming the Qt team to Digia. By adding this world class organization to our existing team we plan to build the next generation leading cross-platform development environment. 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.”
The Qt framework has been used by over 450,000 developers and thousands of leading companies, including Adobe, Skype, Google, Samsung, and Research in Motion. Qt Commercial is a leader in a number of key markets, including automative, medical, advanced visualization & animation, aerospace, and more.
Sebastian Nyström, Nokia’s head of Strategy, said the Finnish firm is proud of its contributions to Qt:
“Nokia is proud of the contributions we’ve made to Qt over the past four years. We are pleased that we’ve been able to work with Digia to secure continued development of Qt by the current core team. Digia’s plans to acquire Qt mean that it can continue as a successful open source project and also offer continuing employment for many people in the community.”
Qt 5, the next major version of the framework, is expected to arrive in September with full support for OpenGL graphics acceleration. It’s possible Android, iOS, and Windows 8 support will also come with it.
[via The Verge]