Qik has been front and center in the Android Community a lot recently. Between it’s addition to the HTC Evo 4G and Samsung Epic 4G, as well as the upcoming Galaxy Tab models, it would be amazing if you have not heard of them. I spent nearly 20 minutes talking to the team at the Holiday Spectacular.
First and foremost I would like to say that I am a loyal user of Qik and have used it with all of the phones I’ve had. Qik has stepped up their game since the release of the Evo and Epic. Having the ability to video chat with people sounded absolutely stupid to me, until I tried it. I have spent a lot of time traveling recently and I have actually ended up saving significant amounts of money while travelling internationally. Instead of paying for roaming minutes to call I have used Qik to video chat, granted this was over WiFi. I was able to check up on my dog who historically has not gotten along with other dogs but stayed with my best friend. While in Canada I was able to see video of him playing with my friends dog. It set my mind at ease. Also, I was able to find out see video of an ultrasound that my friend was having, in real time.
While I was at Pepcom I thought to ask if there were plans to expand to other platforms and this is not limited to mobile. “We will be expanding to other platforms – including PC.” I was told by the engineer on hand at Pepcom. Unfortunately I did not hear whether or not they were also going to expand to the Mac platform. The team was very excited over the Apple announcement the previous day stating that facetime is going to be an open standard. Qik currently runs on Android, Palm, Nokia, and Apple devices.
When I left the Qik presentation area I could not help but think to myself, Skype had better sever it’s exclusive Android deal with Verizon soon or a large number of people might just make the switch over to Qik. That may seem like a big statement but I personally have lost my love affair with Skype already as I’ve waited and waited to have it available to use on my phone. If that is the case for me, why not many others?
Qik supported devices and I need to point out that video chat is limited to phones and tablets with front-facing cameras.