Qik Video Connect Launched
Qik launched a new version of Qik for Android, now called Qik Video Connect and an update to the latest Qik iPhone app. For the first time, this new version of Qik Video Connect for Android (it’s a free app) gives users the following capabilities:
- Live video chat:
Live video chat over 3G, 4G or WiFi between Android phones (2.1-2.33 = 93.4% of market) or iOS4+ devices (iPhones, iPad2 or iPod Touches 4th gen)
- Anytime video mail:
Share all the rich details of the moment even if you can’t connect live by sending a video mail*
- Instant social sharing:
Easily capture video from your front or back camera with just a single tap, you can share live or recorded videos through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, your blog and other networks.
- Convenient video capture:
Capture any moment in video and it will be automatically uploaded to your online Qik video gallery for sharing right away or anytime in the future.
* Note: Video mail is available as a free trial until June 1, 2011. After June 1, 2011, the ability send video mail will be available for an optional monthly or annual service charge. Receiving video mails will continue to be included for free.
This announcement, for the first time, brings Qik’s video calling capabilities to the general Android Market. The news is even more significant as predictions from IDC forecast Android market share to reach over 45 percent by 2015; while Gartner says Android will command nearly half of worldwide smartphone OS Market by Year-End 2012.