[Interest] Indie Mobil Program terminated?

Edward Sutton edward.sutton at subsite.com
Thu Jul 2 20:22:33 CEST 2015

On Jul 2, 2015, at 10:42 AM, Igor Mironchik <igor.mironchik at gmail.com<mailto:igor.mironchik at gmail.com>> wrote:

On 02.07.2015 18:07, Bob Hood wrote:
On 7/2/2015 8:44 AM, Igor Mironchik wrote:
On 02.07.2015 17:21, Daniel França wrote:
>> This news sounds like a good week for Xamarin

Stop guys...

No, they have a valid point.  I had not even heard about Xamarin until they posted this, and after looking, it looks like Xamarin is a legitimate competitor to what the Qt Company intended with its Indie license.

Ok, Xamarin is cheaper than Qt. But with Xamarin and C# you can write crosspaltform only business logic. All UI is platform dependend and you should write UI for iOS, UI for Android, and so on. With Qt you can write once and deploy everywhere…

That is not an accurate statement about Xamarin. You do *not* have to write the UI in native code an longer.

They have a cross-platform UI library now and are claiming 90% common code across platforms.   Cross-platform UI *was* one of the reasons I went with Qt 5.x.


I have not used Xamarin.  It is certainly interesting.


Dropping the $25/month ($300/year) indie program for a $350/month ($4200/year) full license program seems completely counter intuitive to me.  Could somebody explain the rationale for that one?  As was pointed out previously, Qt is not really a visible player in the mobile market, and dropping that program--even though you didn't have what you would consider sufficient interest--will not get you there when you are now charging an order of magnitude more, twice what your nearest competitor (Xamarin) is charging for their most expensive plan.

On the surface, this looks like it was a horrid marketing decision.  If you are serious about market penetration, instead of withdrawing, you actually should have gotten more aggressive.

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