Qik Comes Out of the Closet

July 21st, 2008 at 12:00 am

qik live mobile video streaming

Qik , it has been under wraps a long time and may probably have never heard about it until now.  However, it has been in private beta for about half a year and has captured the hearts of the likes of Jason Calcanis and Kevin Rose.

Anyway, we’ve heard about it too in passing but haven’t taken a look-see at it until now.  So, Qik is a video streaming service.  It allows users to instantly capture video from their mobile phones and upload it to the internet without going through a computer, so everything is done via the cellular network.  Moreover, Qik is also a live streaming service.  Like other live streaming services, Qik can take any mobile phone’s video intake and instantly broadcast that on the internet.

Officially, "Qik enables you to share moments of your life with your friends, family and the world – directly from your cell phone!

Keep your world in the know, share a laugh, tell engaging stories. Just point your cell phone and stream video live to your your friends on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, etc. OR use your cell phone like a camcorder and stream hours and hours of video without worrying about storage on your cell phone."

Qik in itself is already a technological marvel.  video streaming direct from mobile to internet is a tricky path that few are taking.  There are hardware issues as well as network issues.   Apparently, Qik has managed to do some tweaks that enable their service to function properly.  

"We’ve been working hard to maintain Qik’s position as the world’s leading mobile streaming service," CEO Ramu Sunkara said in a release. "Even if your particular phone model is still in the works, you can still sign up to participate in the Qik community, and as we roll out support for your phone, you’ll be able to easily transition to streaming live as soon as it’s available."

The service isn’t perfect yet but it’s well on its way.  Many social media advocates are already hailing Qik for bringing mobile streaming to everybody.  If you recall, Justin of justintv  had to wear some contraption on his cap to live stream his life.  Well, now everybody can do that with only their camera phones.