Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08/29/qt_android/
Heartbroken app-maker Qt sneaks into Android's bed
The library that's too cute to kill
The effort towards a Qt library for Android is progressing, with a fourth and final alpha release being sent out the door – despite confidence in the platform having steadily eroded since Nokia dumped  it.
Qt is a library of cross-platform APIs which enables even complicated apps, such as VLC's VideoLAN, to run across operating systems. Nokia bought the owning company, Trolltech , back in 2008, then dumped the technology earlier this month. The move left Qt with an uncertain future, but seemingly a future which includes Android.
Qt ended up with Digia , who took on the 125 Nokia engineers still working on the project. Digia promised to keep the momentum going, with a new version of Qt scheduled to come out later this month, but that's for desktop systems, not phones.
Qt-on-Android is a community effort, developing an Android library as an open source project under the moniker "Necessitas ", and optimistically promising to deliver on Nokia's dream of having Qt apps running on a billion devices, though the entreaties to get involved  do smack a little of desperation:
You have to ask yourself which option is better for you:
- to be selfless and to spend some of your time (or your money) to make the things you love better and to keep them free for everybody...
- or to be selfish, forget about Qt and start learning some crappy closed source C# or iFramework instead which, some day (sooner or later), will die with the *ONLY* company behind it?"
One could learn a bit of Java, or Objective C, betting that Google and Apple will outlast one's professional career, but why bother when Qt Alpha 4 can (we're assured ) be installed with a couple of clicks and provide cross-platform programmability? ®