Nokia Sells Qt to Digia
Nokia is selling its Qt software business to Finnish IT firm Digia, as part of its strategy of disposing of non-core assets. Digia had previously acquired the Qt Commercial licensing business from Nokia, in March 2011.
As part of the transaction, a maximum of 125 Qt people from Nokia will transfer to Digia, mostly based in Oslo, Norway and Berlin, Germany.
Qt has, in its lifetime, been used by over 450,000 developers to create apps for use in over 70 industries worldwide, including automotive, medical, advanced visualization & animation, industrial automation and aerospace & defence. Digia says it expects Qt to play a key role in bringing world-class UX and user interfaces to embedded systems and consumer electronics going forward.
Digia says the acquisition has been driven by a desire to improve its position within the Qt ecosystem by further strengthening Qt’s R&D capabilities and expanding its reach on many more platforms than ever before.
“We are looking forward to welcoming the Qt team to Digia,” says Tommi Laitinen, SVP, International Products at 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.”