Qik Streams Live Video From Android Phones

Android phones: Qik, a free mobile app new on the Android Market, promises live streaming of video off your phone and direct to Qik’s web player. For the most part, it delivers on that promise, with a few limitations.

The first obvious limitation is your bandwidth speed, especially if you have people watching live. Even if you’re just recording with Qik for instantaneous upload (which is a pretty great time saver), your bandwidth seems to affect how many frames per second you can capture. The other big item is the camera. In low-light situations and with moving subjects, however, you have to hold pretty still to get good video, as evidenced in our little test broadcast:

Other than the basic recording and streaming functions, Qik’s Android app, technically an alpha release, lets shooters share their video links directly through email, Twitter, Facebook, and even through YouTube uploads, and allows for setting a public/private switch on the fly.

Qik is a free download for Android-based phones, available in the Android Market.

Qik on Android

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