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SERVICE: Qik opens Beta to the public - more Smartphones to be supported soon
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 22.07.08 - 09:32:24 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 9907x
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Qik, Inc., which offers mobile and interactive live video streaming services, today announced it has opened its so far partly closed Beta program. Now anyone with a compatible Symbian or Windows Mobile smartphone can go to, download the Qik service and start live streaming immediately. It's that simple. Qik enables anyone with a supported camera phone to stream live video from their phones, anywhere in the world, to the Web. Qik also announced several new product features, including integration with Facebook as well as upcoming support for more Windows Mobile smartphones which will also include Professional devices.

New Features & Enhancements to the Qik Service include:

  • Half-Second to 3 second Latency: Qik now provides the fastest live mobile video streaming available, delivering unprecedented latency of as little as half a second, depending on your network.
  • Groups: Qik enhances the community at with the new Groups feature. Now users can share their videos with private, public, and restricted groups of friends, family, and colleagues.
  • Self-Service Event Pages: Qik users can now create their own events at From small family functions to large corporate events, users can invite an unlimited number of guests to view live videos online, and invite others to participate. All of the videos from the event are automatically aggregated to provide a complete overview to share.
  • Enhanced, Embeddable Player: Apart from a new look, users can now chat directly from Qik's new embeddable player and view online conversations live. The embeddable player also provides the ability to view thumbnails of other Qik videos and watch them in the player. It also provides an easy way to share and retrieve the video's permalink or embeddable code for sharing throughout the Internet.

Social Network Integrations:

  • Qik's New Facebook Application: Now users can stream videos live to their Facebook profiles by installing the Qik application. Once installed, the Facebook app allows Qik users to effortlessly stream live video to their profile, share recorded videos, and alert friends when they are streaming through the Facebook News Feed.
  • MySpace Integration: Qik users can now go live on MySpace. Just copy/paste your channel embed code to your MySpace profile and stream live Qik video on MySpace.
  • Orkut Integration: Post your Qiks and go live on Orkut by copying/pasting the embed code straight to your Orkut scrapbook.

More than 60% of videos from Qik are shared by users on other sites. Built as a mobile video streaming platform, Qik has partnerships and has been integrated with:

  • Live video streaming providers like Mogulus and
  • Blogging and Microblogging services like Twitter, Pownce and Blogger
  • Video sharing sites like YouTube and WorldTV
  • Live Blogging services like CoverItLive
  • Location based services like iPoki

Additional Handset Support

Last but not least, in addition to all the feature updates and enhancements, Qik also announced to support more mobile phones by releasing compatible clients for models from Samsung and Motorola as well as Qik is available on Nokia S60 series phones and the Samsung BlackJack, and Motorola Q Windows Mobile Standard smartphones. Other Windows Mobile smartphones, Qik plans to support soon are the HTC Shift, HTC Touch, HTC Touch Diamond and HTC TyTN II (and compatible smartphones).

The public Beta of Qik is available now. All you need is to register with your mobile number to get the link for the client download send to your smartphone.

Cheers ~ Arne

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