We’ve seen plenty of Snapchat like applications hitting popular app hubs. And latest to the list is an offering from Microsoft and Skype called Qikwhich brings a similar concept to its users. Clearly, Skype enjoys a large user base which can be leveraged with an app like this. In terms of functionality, it’s pretty much the same as Snapchat so you can send messages and short videos to your loved ones with the click of a button. Those concerned about content theft will be pleased to know that Skype automatically deletes all messages and videos from its servers after two weeks.
Here are some of the features from the app:
Create groups in a flash: grab a bunch of friends from your phone’s address book and start a private chat.
Pre-record and send video clips (Qik Fliks): can’t respond right away? Thumbs-ups, smileys and more, starring you.
Erase your message and it disappears from the conversation.**
Keep it fresh—messages are automatically erased from Qik after two weeks.
Start a conversation any time—no login, usernames, or passwords needed.
For those who remember, Qik is a video and image sharing service which was acquired by Skype not too long ago. And although the service was shut down temporarily, it has received a new life in the form of Skype Qik. Hit the link below to download the app from your favorite app hub.
Last year around this time T-Mobile was introducing the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G Slide. At the time it was a novel idea to add a keyboard to the MyTouch 3G however it wasn’t as epic an upgrade as the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide is from the original T-Mobile MyTouch 4G.
The T-Mobile MyTouch 4G slide doesn’t just add a keyboard to the existing T-Mobile MyTouch 4G. It adds a 1.2ghz dual core Qualcomm snap dragon processor. It also adds a reworked Genius button powered by Nuance. In the interface department it gives you an upgrade to HTC Sense 3.o however that’s not the biggest part of the MyTouch 4G Slide.
The wonderful for at Skype have officially launched Skype for Android 2.0 bringing true mobile video Skype to millions of Android users world wide.
Skype 2.0 with video for Android allows Android users with Skype accounts to video chat one on one free of charge with other Skype users over the Skype network.
“We are committed to bring Skype Video Calling to as many platforms as possible and are delighted to deliver on this with our new updated Skype for Android app,” said Neil Stevens, Skype’s vice president and general manager for product and marketing. “With approximately 30 million concurrent users logging into Skype at any given time 4 and making up to half a million simultaneous video calls 5 , Skype for Android with video makes it even easier for users to share moments with their contacts wherever they are.”
Skype 2.0 for Android is currently available for the HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro and the Samsung Nexus S.
At CE Week NY we had time to catch up with Oovoo. What is OOvoo? Think Tiny Chat for multiple platforms including Web, PC, Android, Mac, and iOS.
Oovoo allows people to video chat, video conference, on the go whether on wifi, 3G, or 4G. You can chat with one person or multiple people and it doesn’t matter what device they are on. Popular video chat application FaceTime requires an iOS device or OSX device and a wifi connection to video chat.
Oovoo has a free plan, free app and premium plans available based on how many people you are regularly going to use the service with. You can have up to 3 people video chatting on oovoo.com for free.
Add this to the Steve Jobs will get it in the next release file…
You may remember back in the middle of November we told you about a new company called Fuze and their Fuze meeting solution that allowed for video conferencing via the The Samsung Galaxy tab or any other Android device running 2.x or better and with a front facing camera. We saw the Fuze product at the recent Pepcom show in New York City.
They announced early Thursday that they have now moved their Fuze Presence technology into a beta test. Fuze presence takes the video conferencing concept found in Fring, Qik and Yahoo Messenger and adds multi participant functionality. Users can login and video conference from any camera enabled device. Android phones, Android tablets, laptops, desktops and iPhones can fully participate in the video conferencing, iPads can log in to the service and watch the conference (they don’t have cameras yet)
Fuze Box’s technology will allow business users and families the option to video conference virtually anywhere in the world. For more please see our previous story here.
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.