Digia Confirms Surprise Acquisition of Qt From Nokia

It was confirmed late Thursday that Digia has acquired Qt from mobile phone maker Nokia for an undisclosed sum.

According to a report from Reuters last night, analysts said the deal came at a fraction of the $150 million Nokia paid for Norway’s Trolltech in 2008.

Digia now becomes responsible for all the Qt activities formerly carried out by Nokia. Following the acquisition, Digia plans to quickly enable Qt on Android, iOS and Windows 8 platforms.

The software is used by some 450,000 developers for making applications for some 70 industries.

Approximately 125 employees will move from Nokia to Digia.

“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.” said Tommi Laitinen, SVP of International Products at Digia. “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.”