It was back in March of last year when Digia acquired the commercial part of Qt from Nokia. At that time, we predicted the other half (Qt developer tools) will follow shortly and voila – it’s happening now.
The Finland-based software company (Digia) said that it intends to “quickly enable Qt on Android, iOS and Windows 8 platforms”, strengthening its credentials as a cross-platform development framework. In that sense this move by Digia could prove to strengthen Qt, following a long period where it wasn’t exactly under Nokia’s core platform strategy (even though they said it will be used on both Symbian and Maemo/MeeGo-based devices).
According to Digia’s SVP of International Products Tommi Laitinen, 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,” he added.
Meanwhile, Nokia is continuing to focus on Windows Phone with plans to use Microsoft tools for app development.