Digia announced today that it has signed an agreement to buy cross-platform framework Qt from Nokia for an undisclosed amount. Way back March 2011, Nokia sold its Qt commercial licensing and business services to Digia, and now the Finland-based phone maker is doing it again by selling off its entire Qt team. Digia plans to quickly enable Qt on Android, iOS and Windows 8 devices.
“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,” said Sebastian Nystrom, Head of Strategy for Nokia.
Qt is a world-renowned framework used by almost half-million developers to create cross-platform apps for 70 different industries — from advanced visualization & animation to aerospace & defense. It lets developers create applications for Symbian and Meego. Some of the applications where Qt was utilized in the past are Adobe Photoshop Elements, Skype, VLC, and Autodesk Maya.
The next major version of Qt is expected to have a final release in September with full support for OpenGL / OpenGL ES graphics acceleration included.