Nokia Sells Its Qt Business to Digia
Nokia today announced that it has sold the entirety of its Qt software development business to Digia for an undisclosed sum. Nokia acquired Qt in 2008 as part of its $150 million purchase of Trolltech. Nokia will transfer about 125 employees to Digia. Digia had acquired the Qt Commercial licensing business from Nokia in March 2011, so it is well prepared for the acquisition of the entire Qt business. Digia said that it plans to enable Qt on the Android, iOS, and Windows 8 platforms as quickly as possible. Qt is used by 450,000 developers around the world to create mobile applications.
Digia Makes Qt 5.3 Available to Developers
Digia today announced the availability of Qt 5.3, a cross-platform application and user interface framework for developers that lets them more easily create applications for a wide range of operating systems. According to Digia, Qt 5.3 makes a wide number of improvements to the platform, such as the QQuickWidget to help developers migrate their apps, and allows them to develop C++ and Qt versions at the same time.
Nokia Networks to Buy Panasonic's Base Station Biz
Nokia Networks today announced that it has agreed to purchase select portions of Panasonic's wireless business. Specifically, the company will buy Panasonic's mobile phone wireless base station and related wireless equipment system businesses.
Nokia to Buy Alcatel-Lucent, Mulling Options for HERE Maps
Nokia today said it has agreed to acquire Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion. The combined companies would be a giant in the telecom equipment space with more than 100,000 employees.
Nokia and Samsung Settle Patent Licensing Deal
Nokia today said it has reached an agreement with Samsung over the licensing of its wireless patents. The companies have been disputing the value of Nokia's patents since Nokia sold its handset division to Microsoft.
LG Agrees to Pay Nokia Royalties, But Rates Not Settled
LG has signed a patent-licensing agreement with Nokia over smartphone technology, but the companies have yet to agree on pricing for the patents. Nokia may have sold its handset business to Microsoft, but it retained many of the related patents for licensing purposes.