HELSINKI - Wednesday, September 17th 2014 [ME NewsWire]
(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Digia Plc. announced that it has formed «The Qt Company», a wholly owned subsidiary, to drive forth Qt development and market expansion. Under The Qt Company, a brand new Qt product site, www.qt.io is launched unifying the commercial business and open source community under one online channel. A new €20 Indie Mobile monthly subscription plan is also unleashed targeting mobile app developers with a commercially-licensed flexible and affordable package for mobile app development and deployment to the most popular stores.
“Qt has been a driving force in Digia’s international product business and in the past few years we have seen tremendous growth in the number of new customers where industry leaders have standardized their technology vision on Qt, but most notably in the number of worldwide downloads. With The Qt Company as a separate organizational entity, we feel there is even a greater potential for great success and growth for Qt where we can focus 100% and invest on Qt product and business development as well as geographic expansion,” said Juha Varelius, Digia Plc., CEO.
Qt’s ecosystem of developers, now estimated to be over 800,000, has seen exponential growth since the December 2013 Qt 5.2 release and introduction of its Qt for Android and iOS ports. Within just 6 weeks of launch, Qt 5.2 was downloaded 500,000 times, bringing it to a total of over 1 million downloads 4 months after release. This has been followed by a successful July release of Qt 5.3 with another 1 million downloads measured just over a month after launch.
To unify the vibrant ecosystem of Qt developers and companies under one roof, the new www.qt.io website becomes the official Qt digital communication channel driven by The Qt Company where both free community and various commercial packages can be downloaded. The new website serves as the gateway for all things Qt catering to both developers and companies looking to learn about, try and buy Qt.
In response to ecosystem demands, the new €20 Indie Mobile package, targeted at hobby developers and small companies with revenues under €100K, includes a commercial license and full commercial development and deployment rights to the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Windows Marketplace.
The next major release, Qt 5.4, is slated to release before yearend and as announced on August 20, the Qt open source license has been changed to include GNU LGPLv3.
About The Qt Company
The Qt Company, a subsidiary of Digia Plc. (NASDAQ OMX Helsinki exchange -DIG1V) is responsible for Qt product development, commercialization and licensing under commercial and open-source licenses. Used by over 800,000 developers worldwide, Qt is a C++ based framework of libraries and tools that enables the development of powerful, interactive and cross-platform applications and devices. Qt’s support for multiple desktop, embedded and mobile operating systems allows developers to save significant time related to application and device development by simply reusing one code. Industry leaders such as Navico, ABB, Pitney Bowes, Thales, Michelin, Magneti Marelli and Sennheiser power their products with Qt for their in-vehicle devices, industrial automation applications and mission-critical systems. The Qt Company operates in China, Finland, Germany, Norway, Russia, Sweden and USA. Code less. Create more. Deploy everywhere. To learn more visit http://qt.io.
About Digia Plc
Since March 2011, Digia Plc, the Helsinki-based services and consulting powerhouse has been the commercial licensor of Qt. In September 2012, Digia acquired the full Qt business and intellectual property from Nokia, and in 2014 formed The Qt Company, a solely owned entity of Digia, to further develop and expand the Qt technology.
September 2014 Ref: DQ127/A
For Editorial Enquiries
+47 95 14 64 14
Pinnacle Marketing Communications
+44 (0) 2084 296 541