Qik Releases iPhone 3G Compatible Video Streaming App

On Wednesday, Qik released version 0.3.02 of its video streaming app for the iPhone which now supports both the iPhone 2.0 software and iPhone 3G. Using the new version, iPhone 3G users can stream live video over a 3G network, as the app now works with both WiFi or 3G. Additionally, the new version has a few new exciting features. Alongside more video options, you can now tweet your stream on demand, make a stream private, mute your mic, and hide the chat window.

Visiting the Qik booth at New Media Expo, I was able to get a demo of the app from Qik themselves. The app has been vastly improved since the version I played with a couple months ago. It still has the well deserved “beta” designation, but it’s definitely worth looking at.

From the Qik blog:

  1. If you have not already, you’ll need to sign up at http://qik.com/sign_up and receive an SMS from us to activate the application.
  2. Launch Cydia.
  3. Go to the “Sections” tab at the bottom and scroll down to “Multimedia.”
  4. Under Multimedia, you will find Qik. Tap on it then select “Install” at the top right, then in the same spot tap “Confirm.”
  5. Now you will see Qik get installed. You may hit the “Return to Cydia” button at the bottom or just quit Cydia when it is done installing.
  6. You’ll now notice a “Qik” icon on your home screen – Go ahead and launch it.
  7. As long as your initial signup SMS/text message is still in your inbox for the first launch, your account will be linked to your device.
  8. Make sure you have 3G service or are on WiFi (edge is not sufficient enough to stream video) before you begin broadcasting.
  9. Hit record and enjoy Qik!

Qik is currently in public beta and can be accessed under “Multimedia” in Cydia. Because of restrictions in the SDK, Qik still requires a jailbroken iPhone to be used.

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