It’s all in align with Nokia’s current strategy but this certainly could have been informed to the outside world way better.
According to All About Symbian comment made by Nokia Champion, this is the letter developers received.
I wanted to let you know personally that a decision was made to drop Symbian C++ and Qt experts from the Champions program. You appear to fall in this group. If you feel you have expertise in other technologies or some experience that would affect your status please write to me.
Below is the standard information as you can see there still are benefits for you.
As you know in June Nokia decided to not pursue a Linux based operating system. As a result, like the rest of the Nokia family the champions must make cuts to best fulfill the future goals of Nokia. In our opinion your expertise was in Qt or other technologies that do not fit into Nokia’s future and a decision was made to end your Nokia Developer Championship early.
I want to personally thank you for your work as a Nokia Champion over the past few years and let you know that we are not just forgetting you. This fall Nokia Developer will start a new partnering program and you will be automatically added to this program with the option to opt out. In addition you received this welcome gift and it is yours to use for the life of the device. Finally because of your devotion and dedication to Nokia if you wish to re-apply for the champions program this fall I will be sure to add weight to your application based on your past service.
Your championship will not expire until the end of July.
If you feel there is information that will affect your status please contact me.
Nokia does add that people kicked out of the Nokia Champions program will be automatically invited to new partnering program and send a gift.
What will the new partnering program mean and what it’s relation to Nokia Champions program? No idea as of now.