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ALPHA: Qik announces Alpha support for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - on Saturday, 14.06.08 - 13:33:23 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 10495x
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While live broadcasting videos from a Windows Mobile device isn't that new anymore (ComVu demo'd this a couple of year ago with its Pocket Caster already), Qik took it to the consumer Web 2.0 level. Was Qik available for Nokia S60 N-Series devices already, Qik finally announced a - yet not public - Alpha version of its video broadcasting client for Windows Mobile smartphones. With Qik's free live video streaming service, users can stream live video to the Internet in just two clicks from their mobile phone, and join others as they watch online and engage in live interactive chat. Everyone from journalists to politicians use Qik to be transparent in their reporting and campaigning on a global Web platform.

Currently in Alpha, Motorola Q and Samsung BlackJack users can request an invitation for the service by signing up at http://qik.com/. The company is working closely with the Windows Mobile team to get the product offering into beta in the coming months, as well as expanding to additional Windows Mobile phones.

"We're thrilled to be working with Microsoft and extending Qik's live streaming service to Windows Mobile phones," said Ramu Sunkara, co-founder and CEO of Qik. "We are also excited to partner with the Windows Mobile team to optimize Qik for the Windows Mobile platform."

Microsoft expects to sell 20 million Windows Mobile licenses in FY08, with phones available in 55 countries. This partnership helps both companies extend their global footprint and capture the growing market of video sharing and participating enthusiasts.

"Qik is at the forefront of how video from mobile devices should be shared and integrated into our social lives," said Scott Rockfeld, group product manager at Microsoft Corp. "As people increasingly expect high quality, streaming video on mobile, Microsoft is committed to working with our partners to deliver the best video experience on Windows Mobile phones."

Qik CEO Sunkara concluded: "We look forward to an ongoing relationship with Microsoft. In the meantime, Qik continues to provide a service that helps keep friends and families stay connected, features breaking news from professional media and citizen journalists, and fosters a totally new kind of communication."

As mentioned above, Qik for Windows Mobile is currently available in a closed Alpha only an support is limited to Windows Mobile Standard smartphones only, namely the Samsung BlackJack/SGH-i600 and Motorola Q9 but more recent devices, including Windows Mobile Professional smartphones are added hopefully soon.
Furthermore, services like Qik increases the need for HSUPA networks since Qik requires a fast upstream and UMTS as well as HSDPA is still limited to 384 Kbps while HSUPA offers upstreams up to 2 Mbps.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by Sceptical on 14.06.08 - 21:44:03

This service shows a typical problem of Web 2.0: Not everything which is technical possible is useful. So far, I've only seen crap on the Qik site, even if the press release talks about some exciting use.
Arne, will you give it any professional use?

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