* Value not disclosed, includes up to 125 staff
* Digia to make Qt available for iOS, Android, Windows
HELSINKI Aug 9 Struggling cellphone maker Nokia
has agreed to sell its Qt software business to
Finnish IT services firm Digia Oyj as part of its
strategy to sell off non-core assets.
The companies did not disclose the value of the deal, which
analysts said was a fraction of the $150 million Nokia paid for
Norway's Trolltech in 2008.
The software is used by some 450,000 developers for making
applications for some 70 industries.
Up to 125 employees working on developing and licensing the
software will move from Nokia to Digia, the companies said on
Nokia bought the software through its acquisition of
Trolltech and it was a central part of its strategy until 2011
when it decided to swap its own smartphone software for
Microsoft's Windows Phone.
Digia said it planned to make Qt available for making
applications for Apple's iOS platform, Google's
Android and Microsoft Windows 8.