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 www.Qik.com, 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 Qik.com 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 www.qik.com. 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
- Live video streaming providers like Mogulus and Justin.tv
- 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
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
Cheers ~ Arne