Qik portal and you'll see instantly how much the Qik ecosystem has already penetrated the Android universe - take a look specifically at the news bits surrounding Skype's acquisition of Qik and the fact that the app shows up out of the box on the HTC Sensation, HTC Sensation 4G, HTC Evo 3D, LG Thrill 4G, and more. What Qik is announcing today is a brand new premium version of their already popular video chat app, available for download or upgrade (if you've already got the app) today.
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Qik has launched the latest version of its video calling app, Qik Video Connect, promising cross-platform calls between Android and iOS devices. The new app - a free download - now allows you to see your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad 2 owning friends as you mock them for not having the latest Android. There's also video mail, the ability to share videos with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social networking sites, and support for the front and rear facing cameras on most devices. Qik has also boosted video quality and reduced battery life impact, and some phones - Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Galaxy Player, Samsung Galaxy S, and Telus Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G - will offer VGA quality streaming when done over WiFi. You'll need an Android 2.1 or above device in order to use the app - or of course an iOS device. Video mail is only free until June 1 2011, however, and will be a subscription service after that. [youtube ERvpp0fMyYs]
HTC EVO 4G using the Qik app would be subject to a $4.99 monthly fee, the Qik team themselves have piped up to quell dissent. According to the company's blog, two-way video calling on the Sprint EVO 4G will be free of charge for Qik users; in fact, the subscription is "for some advanced premium features."
"Firstly, rest assured that the core Qik service that lets you communicate live from your phone to other phones, web and desktop will be FREE. Yes – this means that the core capability of doing 2-way Qik video chat will be FREE for Sprint EVO 4G users. The subscription fee will be for some advanced premium features that we are working on, which we will be announcing on June 4th – the day the amazing HTC EVO 4G phone launches."Calls will be supported between EVO 4G handsets - if you know someone else with one - together with between other phones running the Qik app and with the company's desktop client. No word on what exactly these premium features will be, but Qik promise to tell all when the EVO 4G officially debuts on June 4th.
HTC EVO 4G review was Qik video chat functionality, the ability to make video calls to other Qik users via the smartphone's front-facing camera. Now, according to a leak to AndroidGuys, it turns out the functionality may add even more on top of the EVO 4G's basic monthly costs. They've received a leaked screenshot purportedly from inside Sprint, which tips a $4.99 monthly service charge for the Qik video call system. That would be paid via Paypal rather than included in your monthly Sprint bill. With Skype video calling for Android expected later on in the year, we're reluctant to start paying Sprint (or Qik) $5 a month for the same service.
began receiving Jelly Bean yesterday, however while we had been seeing reports from users, we hadn't seen a changelog with all the specifics of the update. With that in mind, that changelog has since been posted by Samsung and it looks like it contains all the expected features.