Expansion of Streaming Mobile VideoWe here at CMSWire certainly wouldn't mind lifestreaming our action-packed lives. However, being able to do that requires a compatible device, and support -- while increasing -- is still fairly low. While that remains true, Qik is making quite a few strides for support on Nokia and Sony Ericsson devices. Support for the following devices is currently being privately tested in alpha: * Nokia 5300 * Nokia 6300 * Nokia 6500 * Nokia 8800 * Sony Ericsson G502 * Sony Ericsson K660i * Sony Ericsson K850i * Sony Ericsson K858c * Sony Ericsson W890i * Sony Ericsson W908c * Sony Ericsson W910i * Sony Ericsson Z750i As a side note, those fortunate to have an iPhone can also get in on the video streaming action as well -- granted, it requires users to jailbreak (hack) their iPhone to enable the video streaming service.
Impressive Growth PotentialWhile watching the crazy amount of people streaming their local commute can become quite boring after the hundredth time (why people do this is beyond us), it is far more interesting to think of the practical uses of Qik. Reporting live events, sharing memorable moments, communicating with friends and family, and publishing interesting content are just a few of the things that can be accomplished with Qik. This is where the platform shines, and there are business opportunities with this.
Another boring commute...
All this comes with a price though -- we can all be sure that telecommunication companies are hardly thrilled with the idea of users streaming video content through their pipes. Expect technologies like these to promote tiered service structures, where power users are paying even more for data. We hope that Qik will expand to other platforms like Symbian, RIM and Android in the future. For device compatibility, check out Qik's support page.