Nokia traditionalists will no doubt already be reaching for their Elop effigies with the news that the company has decided to offload the Qt development platform to Digia for a pittance of the $150m it paid to pick it up in the first place back in 2008.
That's not a long time ago, but it's long enough for Nokia to have bought Qt, place it right at the heart of its plans for everything from MeeGo to Symbian to Series 40, then yank it out again and sell it off on the cheap.
Just how cheap we're not sure – the exact terms of the deal haven't been disclosed – but it involves Qt's software and associated technologies moving under the Digia umbrella together with its 125 employees in Oslo and Berlin, to go with the Qt commercial licensing operation Digia acquired more than a year ago.
Nokia acquired Qt back in 2008 when it paid $150m for Trolltech, and as recently as June last year was proclaiming the platform as the best thing since sliced ringtones. Let's roll back the clock, courtesy of a lengthy Nokia Qt blog post:
“Exciting news for the Qt community today: this morning Nokia confirmed that Qt will be a core component in the Nokia strategy to bring apps to the next billion, reassuring developers that investments made in Qt today can live on in the future with Nokia.”
And further down:
“Other great news for Qt developers: The exciting new Qt-powered Nokia N9 device running Linux (MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan) was announced today, providing more opportunities for Qt app developers in 2011 – Experimental MeeGo Harmattan 1.2 target added to the Qt SDK.”
The next bit starts “Qt’s momentum has been growing dramatically over the past few months”, but we suspect it may be best just to leave it there.