Nokia will acquire Trolltech, the Norwegian firm that specializes in mobile software development platforms.
The acquisition of Trolltech will enable Nokia to accelerate its cross-platform software strategy for mobile devices and desktop applications, and develop its Internet services business.With Trolltech, Nokia and third party developers will be able to develop applications that work in the Internet, across Nokia's device portfolio and on PCs. Nokia's software strategy for devices is based on cross-platform development environments, layers of software that run across operating systems, enabling the development of applications across the Nokia device range. Examples of current cross-platform layers are Web runtime, Flash, Java and Open C.
The firm is behind Qt, a platform for developing GUIs that form the base of several applications, such as Google Earth and Skype. Nokia also uses Qt for its PC Suite software.
This announcement is another win for open-source innovation. It is also perceived as Nokia gearing up for battle with Google's Android.
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