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Old 28th January 2008, 09:32 PM
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Nokia moves to realize Internet ambitions

Nokia Corp. said it would purchase Trolltech ASA, a Norwegian software company, for about $153 million, subject to approval by Trolltech’s stockholders.

Nokia appeared eager for the deal and Trolltech seemed amenable as the Finnish handset giant offered a 60% premium above Trolltech’s closing price Friday on the Oslo stock exchange. Nokia said it would acquire Trolltech’s employees, software assets and current platforms, including Qtopia and Qt.

Nokia's stock remained relatively unchanged on the news.

Trolltech specializes in Linux-based, open-source, cross-platform software. Nokia’s purchase could further its ambitions to use its massive installed base of mobile phone users -- it just reached 40% global market share -- to offer a unified, Internet-based suite of services, one of which is Ovi, its recently announced multimedia and gaming service. Indeed, Nokia said as much in today’s announcement. .......


The acquisition leaves Motorola Inc. in “an awkward position,” Leach added. “(Motorola) recently announced that it would continue to use Qt as a basis for all its Linux devices. This leaves Motorola beholden to Nokia for a key part of its technology strategy.”

Nokia’s purchase of Trolltech, which is a member of the LiMo Foundation -- one of several high-profile efforts to establish a global standard for Linux -- could tip the balance toward LiMo’s efforts over Google Inc.’s Android project, according to Leach.

Nokia’s market position is virtually the opposite of Internet-giant Google, which recently unveiled its Android project, supported by the Open Handset Alliance. Android is another Linux-based, open-source effort to develop a global standard.....

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Re: Nokia moves to realize Internet ambitions

Nice. QT is the graphics toolkit with which one of the two most popular Windows environments for Linux is built. It's called KDE, or K Desktop Environment. QT is free for non-commercial use, but is dual-licensed so that usage for commercial development requires a license.

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Re: Nokia moves to realize Internet ambitions

Do you ever get the impression that the Dot Mobi collaboration was just an elaborate game of charades, so they could all get a shot at find out what the opposition was thinking, without hopefully giving the game away on their own plans? Lets face it, where does Dot Mobi ever seem to figure in anything vaguely related to the mobile internet?
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Re: Nokia moves to realize Internet ambitions

The dot mobi "collaboration" was just pre-hype for the 2007 Telemanagement conference in Nice. The collaborators put up a few quick and dirty dot mobi sites and never touched them since.

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