Snapchat and WhatsApp are two of the most popular methods for sending quick photo and video messages but with Skype’s new Qik application, the companies should be prepared for some serious competition.
Similar to Skype Lite, users of the new Qik application will have the ability to share brief videos as part of a conversation or a one-off message. Although not all the features are available for every platform at time, the application is currently offered
for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone users.
According to Dan Chastney and Piero Sierra, program managers with Skype, users love frequent Skype calls to family members and friends but in between, Qik keeps them connected.
The launch of the Qik application came several years after Qik, the real-time video broadcasting service, was acquired by Skype. Qik was not officially shut down until April but since that time, designers and developers have invested tremendous time and effort in rebuilding the application for the more modern day mobile user’s needs.
Unique to the new Qik application is that videos are stored for just two weeks and to delete a message from the chat, even if already viewed, the process is more seamless for Android and Windows Phone users. Within the next few months, Qik will offer another feature whereby contacts on Android and Windows Phone can be blocked.
Other benefits of using Skype’s Qik application over Snapchat and WhatsApp is that an individual can say hello by switching between the front and back cameras on the phone, there is the option to share views, Qik Fliks are recordable, and short five-second GIFs are sent right away or saved for a later time.
Initially, iOS and Android users will have access to Fliks while owners of Windows Phones will have to wait a few months. According to Chastney and Sierra, Qik brings spontaneity to video conversations, making the overall experience more fun.
As soon as the Qik application is downloaded, videos can be shared to anyone on the contact list and for those who have not yet installed the application, a notification along with details on how to get it will be received.
To make virtual conversations even easier, Skype boosted desktop Mac with 7.0, as well as a preview version for Windows. The team who developed the Skype Qik application promised new features in the future based on user feedback.