Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Feb 2011 11:35 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A lot of people are wondering why Nokia didn't choose to go with Android. How can Nokia differentiate themselves when Android is a lot more open and free than Windows Phone 7? As usual, the key to this is in the details. If you read the announcements carefully, you'll see that Microsoft offered Nokia something Google most likely didn't. Update: What a surprise. Elop just confirmed Nokia has a special deal with Microsoft. Whereas HTC, Samsung, and so on are not allowed to customise WP7 - Nokia is, further confirming my theory.
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jello
Member since:
2006-08-08

Well, Trolltech had some engineers working on it and paid them with money obtained from commercial licenses.

Nokia bought QT from Trolltech and dumped previous work on a GTK solution in the hope to use QT as a leverage to make their phones more appealing.

Canonical started to switch horses (QT in addition to or totally replacing GTK...).

Now Nokia has no use for QT anymore and canonical sits on a new horse and the future of it is uncertain.
If canonical buys QT they can direct the future of their new horse...

Just my $0.02... anyone is entitled to disagree.

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dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

People forget that Trolltech was a healthy, self sustaining business that Nokia paid a handsome amount for.
If they really aren't interested in investing in it any more and have not promised MS to kill it, they might as well let it go again.
That will not reach the level of aspiration everybody got after QT-Meego announcements, but will surely be enough to fund further development of the library (esp. now that nokia helped to modernize it big time) and the keep the KDE ecosystem alive.

Ultimately, it's GPL. It's too good piece of code to be left in dark by the community.

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