Skype Qik - a new app that replaces text with video in messages

Skype Qik - a new app that replaces text with video in messages
Today, Skype has launched Qik – a new app, which allows users to communicate via short video messages, rather than text. It is already available on the Windows Phone store and the Play Store, and should be coming up in the App Store soon, or so the Skype team claims.

Yes, video messaging is not new in the chat app scene, but Qik is developed with this sole function in mind and promises to allow faster and easier video shooting and communication. Its interface looks different than Skype's, yet manages to capture the same feeling. It also takes a page out of Viber and WhatsApp's books by syncing to your device via phone number, instead of account, allowing you to find contacts who have the app faster.

Qik also offers group-chats, much like the ones in Skype – nobody is an admin and anyone can add extra contacts. A single video message will be received by everybody in the group when they come online – it will wait for them much like an unread line of text.

If you often find yourself busy and unable to record a reply to whatever is going on in the chat – Qik also offers you the option to create a library of pre-recorded .gifs of up to 5 seconds, to use either as smileys or quick replies.

The app is free and you can download it for your platform of choice from the links below. Sending a Qik message to a buddy will automatically send them info about the new app and where to download them. As of writing this article, the iOS link is still inactive.

Download Qik: (Android | iOS | Windows Phone)


source: Skype via iMore

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12 Comments

1. der_damo

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 16, 2014

Dat logic, Microsoft.

2. LiyanaBG

Posts: 381; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

boring it will never be as successful as whatsapp/Viber

3. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The hilarious thing is that one version is not as functional as the other two. That version? The WP version. Even though I like some things about WP, and I have enjoyed a few of my WP handsets, I couldn't commit to it long-term because I would be afraid MSFT is going to yank the rug out from under me (Again!), shutter everything, and just focus on getting their services on the two dominant platforms. This isn't the first service that has had a better UX on iOS and Android, and if you can't prioritize your own platform, how committed can you be to it?

4. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

yup!u r right about the last one,they are more inclined in making money from android and iOS versions i guess but i dont really think MSFT will yank the rug out from under u (again)like they did to WP 7 users as WP has gained some share in the market....they may not provide update to W10 for L520,620,720 phones but they will update the rest....WP has 10% share in Europe

5. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The problem with that 10% number is the quality of it. That is mostly built on the back of the lower-end devices (520/530/etc), and there is no money there. MSFT has a lot of money, but you have to wonder how much longer they can keep operating WP in the red. It's been 4 years, and not one flat penny has been made on it. Same for the Surface line. At some point, the Board will tell Nadella to cut his losses and concentrate on that which makes money.

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

When android builds its back on 56% of low end phones and something like 20% of 'high end phones' does it really matter? In fact windows phone i believe in the last report was 46% budge devices. So what your saying, is android is only successful because they have throw away phones that are sold for 40bucks and offer almost nothing to the user other than android number count (lol 4gb droid phones).

9. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Samsung's high-end sales are greater than Windows Phone sales. That's one vendor in the Android ecosystem. It pays to optimize your services on Android and iOS because people are spending more money on those platforms. Are there low-priced devices on each platform, with people who don't spend money? Yes. Is every vendor on those platforms losing money? No. Is every WP vendor losing money? Yes, as is the platform owner, Microsoft. It's an unsustainable model.

11. Dastrix unregistered

Tell that to Microsoft. I'm sure they'll listen.

6. eharris560

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

"one version is not as functional as the other two. That version? The WP version." Can you educate us with some examples?

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

qik flip from what i can tell so far, but that is it. What that is, basically pre-recorded videos to send. Other than that the UI is nearly identical except for placement of popup and menu

10. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

What the Maize and Blue said below: You can't record and send Qik Fliks. You can receive them, but iOS and Android can do both.

12. potatosalad

Posts: 40; Member since: May 07, 2012

imagine how much data you will download just to watch the video message. imagine in a country where internet speed is slow. imagine you're in a limited data plan. just imagine.. because you are not the target market of this new app. LOL. :D

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