Nokia Continues Asset Liquidation; Qt to Digia, Patents to Vringo

With the Q2 earning numbers still looming, Nokia has been trimming weight like a boss and there seems to be nothing they won’t do to get some greenbacks in their pockets.

Digia, the company who agreed to licensed Qt from Nokia back in 2011, has just taken full custody of the red-headed stepchild project. That is, they’re going to acquire all Qt software technologies AND Qt business from both what Nokia was working on, and what Trolltech was doing. While Nokia had great dreams for the cross-platform UI framework, they never really managed to actually make a dent in the mobile platform race with Qt. They agreed to leave KDE alone, and in the event that everything hit the fan, they could essentially be ousted and KDE could release Qt under the BSD license. This agreement holds true with Digia, as they stated in a news post;

We also are committed to continuing the special relationship Qt has with the KDE community via the KDE Free Qt Foundation. We believe that this symbiosis is valuable for everyone involved.

Digia plans to release Qt for iOS, Android, and Windows 8, on the double. Nokia has lagged around with Qt long enough and it’s nice to see that Digia is looking towards the future. Hopefully they can get to work with the Jolla Mobile folk and hit the ground running.


Vringo has also been in talks with Nokia, but this is for the purchase of over 500 patents and patent applications. If you’ve never heard of Vringo, they describe themselves as “engaged in the innovation, development and monetization of mobile technologies and intellectual property.”. If you HAVE heard of Vringo, it’s likely because either you, or somebody you know, was dumb enough to subscribe to their premium video ringtone service. A fool and his money are soon parted.

It’s quite clear that Vringo is acting as a middleman for patent usage royalties, and possible upcoming patent infringement lawsuits. Apple and Samsung can’t have all the fun, can they? It’s said the patents are worth roughly $22 million, and Vringo sold off $31 million worth of their stock in order to pay Nokia.

Hopefully Nokia has plan which consists of more than “sell it all off, let Microsoft lead the way”. Even making the first Windows Phone 8 device likely won’t save them if the asset auction continues and the board is blinded by the incoming cash flux, not realizing they are losing their roots.

Source: Digia, Vringo

Nokia’s Qt on RIM’s PlayBook

Nokia’s defunct Qt software stack is headed to RIM’s dead PlayBook tablet. Will 2 wrongs make a right?

In an email to the Qt Project mailing list, Nokia’s Strategic Account Manager, Adam Weinrich has voiced his plans to coordinate a Qt keynote at RIM’s BlackBerry DevCon in Amsterdam, as well as developer outreach at Mobile World Congress in February 2012.

There is a Qt port for QNX/BBX/RIM devices.

Lets get this ecosystem involved in the Qt-Project!

Yes, I know, the code is not yet in the Qt-Project repository but it should be forthcoming. The QNX/BBX/RIM ecosystem are very open to engaging with the Qt community and the Qt Project.

I am coordinating a Qt keynote and training at the Blackberry DevCon in Amsterdam in February as well as doing outreach to their developers at Mobile World Congress. They are offering discounts to these events to Qt-Project community.

The Qt Developer Experience team will also be showing off Qt on the current playbook at the Qt booth at CES and MWC. Those who already owns a playbook, develops for Blackberry devices or are interested in becoming involved are encouraged to get involved with this new Qt port.

Let me know if you have any insight or interests in making this a win-win for Qt and this new community.

Cheers, Adam

Qt is a cross-platform application and UI framework. It’s available for Nokia’s past platforms – Symbian and MeeGo, with unofficial ports for iOS, webOS and Android, as well as solid support for Linux, Mac and Windows on the desktop. While this is a good way to increase the footprint of Qt on embedded and mobile devices, the PlayBook has seen less than enthusiastic sales.

With RIM rumoured to be releasing new  BBX BlackBerry 10  devices in late 2012, there is a very good chance that Qt on QNX will be polished and highly functional; with apps and games in tow, hopefully. Although the PlayBook has hit an all-time low of $199, the BlackBerry development team are said to be providing hardware at a discounted rate for developers who are interested in the platform.

Is this a move from Nokia to make Qt relevant? Is this a push from RIM to make the PlayBook relevant, while selling devices to bolster sales numbers? Either way, it’s an effort from both companies and it’s sure to make Qt enthusiasts rejoice.

Nokia Previews The New ex-OVI Store Client

Today, Nokia has announced a new version of its Ovi Store Client via its Beta Labs blog. The new client is currently under beta testing, and can be downloaded from the Beta Labs website.


The new OVI Store client is based on QT, which means it’s much faster and smoother compared to the current OVI store client. Frankly, the current OVI store client, which is based on Web Runtime, is nothing but a piece of junk. It’s slow, buggy and literally unusable.

The new key features brought about by this client include Easier Navigation, Improved product details view, and an overall quicker and smoother navigation. I tried the new client on an Anna powered N8, and found the overall performance to be vastly improved compared to its predecessor. The new client did remind me of the old Android Market, though.

The new QT based client only supports the latest bunch of Symbian^3 handsets from the Finnish giant, including the C6-01, C7, E7, N8 and the X7.

Interested Nokia Symbian^3 users can download the new QT based Ovi Store client from here.

Nokia Sells Off Qt Licensing To Digia

With what would seem to be a consequence of the Microsoft and Nokia partnership, Digia will be acquiring the Qt commercial licensing business from Nokia. Trolltech, the original company of Qt, was acquired by Nokia in 2008 and Qt became the main cross-platform development environment for Nokia. All existing and new commercial customers for Qt licensing will be handled solely by Digia who strive to ensure continuity of the development of desktop, embedded (mobile) and any new models that may arise. Nokia will continue with in-house development for Qt as it is an important technology for Nokia and it is critical that Qt’s growth and success can continue.says  Sebastian Nystrom, who is the Vice President, Head of MeeGo, Qt and WebKit at Nokia. Similar to when Nokia took control of Qt, many in the open source community were concerned about the future, many today are very concerned about how much Nokia will continue to invest in the open source project, especially seeing that they now have an alliance to produce Windows Phone devices with Microsoft. Many open source community projects, such a KDE, depend on Qt in order to continue shipping software to consumers and developers back in 2008 Nokia and Trolltech did future proofthe development of Qt by including the abilities of the KDE Free Qt Foundation to unilaterally release the latest source of Qt under a BSD license in the event that an open source version was ever ceased the poison pill.

Digia is set to take over roughly 3,500 desktop and embedded licensed customers who are currently using Qt as well as any new licensees. Harri Paani, Senior Vice President of Digia stated in the press release that they are excited to extend our Qt business to serve new customersand that they look forward to driving further the evolution of Qt by bringing in new features and services.

More information is available at the Nokia Qt Blog as well as the official acquisition press release available from Digia.

Microsoft Qt Framework Pokes Fun At MSFT-Nokia Partnership

MSQtThis had to be coming. After Nokia CEO said that the popular developer framework Qt will not be part of their Microsoft deal for Windows Phone 7, someone definitely had to get pissed off.

After all Nokia has been trumpeting about Qt to all their developers for a long time and even did a huge show about it at the 2010 where they awarded money to the best apps.

So what does Nokia do with Qt now? NO one can say, but a smart guy definitely came up with a site which could possibly be mistaken for an actual QT port for Windows Phone 7. Don’t get fooled though, it is just a satire and is poking fun at Nokia. I bet there will be several other developers who will be saying "What a waste of time it has been"

MSQt Guide

The website in question is and was registered on Feb 12 2011, after the Nokia-MSFT decision. I must say that the person who created the website devoted a lot of time to it since anyone will be fooled thinking that it is an actual Qt port for Windows Phone.

Don’t forget to read the footer though, which I will divulge here:

© 2008-2011 Nokia Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. Nokia, Qt and their respective logos are trademarks of Nokia Corporation in Finland and/or other countries worldwide.

All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Licensees holding valid Qt Commercial licenses may use this document in accordance with the Qt Commercial License Agreement provided with the Software or, alternatively, in accordance with the terms contained in a written agreement between you and Nokia.

Alternatively, this document may be used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License version 1.3 as published by the Free Software Foundation.

This is a satire, for the real Qt website go to

(h/t @unitechy)

Next Ubuntu Release to have Qt Applications

Ubuntu‘s founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd., Mark Shuttleworth, declares the probability of including Qt applications in the release after the next (Ubuntu 11.10), of the popular Ubuntu distribution, which is based on the Gtk toolkit.

“As part of our planning for Natty+1, we’ll need to find some space on the CD for Qt libraries, and we will evaluate applications developed with Qt for inclusion on the CD and default install of Ubuntu.”

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Gtk and Qt have traditionally been “rival” toolkits for the GNOME and KDE desktops respectively. Choosing either of the sides in any self-respecting Linux forum, is considered a sure-shot way to start a flame war. However, Mark Shuttleworth, as always, decides to wade through uncharted waters in proclaiming the co-existence of Gtk as well as Qt applications in a production, mainstream and popular OS like Ubuntu, notwithstanding the fact that there exists seperate distributions for each Desktop environment, viz. GNOME and KDE (Kubuntu)

In his blog, Mark explains his controversial decision by pointing out that Canonical is dedicated to providing best-in-class software to it’s users and to this effect, a “capable toolkit” like Qt could certainly be looked upon as a “divergence from the canonical way to maintain a vibrant ecosystem”.

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Apart from aspects like sociological backlashes, Mark and his team of developers will also have to face some pretty daunting technical issues. For example, Qt-based applications will have to talk to GNOME’s dconf configuration system to have a seamless integration with the GNOME Desktop. Although projects like the GTK-QT Engine are already out there, their credibility of being more than “hacks” is yet to be verified for their inclusion in a mass-deployed project like Ubuntu.

Is the Gtk-Qt marriage possible ? And if this does turn out to be a successful venture, will Ubuntu see other toolkits and libraries like Enlightenment, being included in future releases ? With so many changes to Ubuntu, can Canonical manage to uphold Ubuntu’s status as one of the most popular Linux Operating Systems ?

Do let us know what you think ?

Nokia Renames Symbian… To Symbian

Along with their quarterly financial report, Nokia also announced that there will be no more Symbian^4. Now don’t jump to a conclusion that Symbian is dead. What Nokia (and I) meant that any improvements and update which the Symbian platform will see will be passed over to all the Symbian^3 devices currently in the market. Symbian

Here is what Nokia exactly said :

You can buy a Nokia smartphone confident that any improvements introduced later to the Symbian platform, such as the user interface, can be made available to download on your device as well. No need to wait for Symbian^4 – the improvements we were planning for Symbian^4 will be introduced as and when they become available. In fact, we will no longer be talking about Symbian^3 or Symbian^4 at all it will be one constantly evolving and constantly improving platform.

So from the above statement it is clear that there will be no more Symbian^3 or Symbian^4. It will just be Symbian from henceforth. According to me, this is a pretty smart move to keep all the present N8 owners happy as well as to lure new customers to the Symbian platform. Along with this, Nokia also announced that they will be streamlining the development for both MeeGo and Symbian by using Qt and only Qt. The Finnish company also announced that they will be adding support for HTML5 web content and applications for both the platforms Symbian and MeeGo and Qt.

First QT Based Game BallZ Released By Tamoggemon

Nokia had released QT 4.6 back in December a cross-platform application and UI framework which would now make it easier than ever for developers to create great applications for Symbian, Maemo, and other platforms.

BallZ demo On Nokia 5800

Tamoggemon a company which creates apps for Palm OS and the S60 platform have created the first QT-based Symbian game named BallZ using the platform.

BallZ for Symbian is a port of the evergreen JezzBall, which has been an extremely popular, un-violent action game. Our port contains 30 colorful levels and can be played without a stylus – thanks to their innovative user interface.

Tam Hanna, Tamoggemon’s CEO, states the following:

We have always been strongly committed to Symbian as a platform. Working with Qt wasn’t always easy. Even though the development environment is fantastic, shipping apps was not possible so far.

BallZ has already been submitted to the Ovi store, and is expected to become available in the next few days. The product will cost 3 Euro. A free trial version, containing five levels, will also be provided.