Nokia recently announced plans to purchase Trolltech, a Norwegian developer of widely used application frameworks, for 844 million Norwegian kroner (US$153 million), IDG News Service reports. Trolltech develops Qtopia, a framework used to build user interfaces for mobile and embedded devices, and a cross-platform application development framework called Qt. Under the plan, the Trolltech team would join Nokia's research and development group, which will continue its work with the developers of KDE. Despite the relationship this will afford Nokia and KDE developers, the company will continue to use a rival software platform in its Linux-based N800 and N810 mobile Internet devices. However, officials say they will use Qt in its S40 mobile phone and S60 smartphone platforms, as Nokia hopes Trolltech will be able to improve the phones’ interfaces. According to IDG, Nokia will to continue offering commercial and open source licenses for Qt and other Trolltech products as its developments advance. With support from 66 percent of the required 90 percent of Trolltech shareholders, both companies expect to complete the acquisition in the second quarter (Sayer, IDG News Service/PCWorld, 1/28/08).