Streaming video comes to iPhone…

I just got a note that Qik just shipped into beta on the iPhone. I’ll be testing this out and will let you know what I think. One thing, the quality isn’t expected to be as good as what I get on my Nokia phones for two reasons:

1. The compression is being done in software on the iPhone, where on Nokia phones there’s hardware support for that.
2. The camera isn’t close to as good, particularly in low light.

But, that said, lots of people only have iPhones, and don’t have Nokia phones, so this will let a lot of people do streaming video from their cell phones that couldn’t do it before.

One thing: if you do this, it’ll probably really drain your batteries (my Nokias only last about 40 minutes when I do streaming video) so beware of that if you try to stream something long.

UPDATE: One big thing is you need to jailbreak your iPhone before you can load this app. That’s very unfortunate because most people will not jailbreak their phones.

30 thoughts on “Streaming video comes to iPhone…

  1. Steve i agree with you Qik have a massive following this is due to them reaching out to bloggers Next2Friends seem to be spending time on R&D and Flixwagon are just in the background same as Kyte i feel its Qik and Next2Friends who will battle it out but as we all know only time will tell.

    Steve we all know certain people follow certain brands because of reasons they only know why.

  2. Steve i agree with you Qik have a massive following this is due to them reaching out to bloggers Next2Friends seem to be spending time on R&D and Flixwagon are just in the background same as Kyte i feel its Qik and Next2Friends who will battle it out but as we all know only time will tell.

    Steve we all know certain people follow certain brands because of reasons they only know why.

  3. @ Oliver: Yes I’ve been watching all the live streaming from mobile contenders and waiting for someone to come out on top. Qik is definitly the foremost in people’s minds, Next2Friends is the closest thing to instantaneously live from mobile to web, and Flixwagon, well they just have a cute girl. So I’m waiting to see, you can’t discount Kyte in this space as well, though I haven’t been too impressed, despite Scoble’s liking them.

  4. @ Oliver: Yes I’ve been watching all the live streaming from mobile contenders and waiting for someone to come out on top. Qik is definitly the foremost in people’s minds, Next2Friends is the closest thing to instantaneously live from mobile to web, and Flixwagon, well they just have a cute girl. So I’m waiting to see, you can’t discount Kyte in this space as well, though I haven’t been too impressed, despite Scoble’s liking them.

  5. The only problem I see here is that the only way to use the live streaming is you need to jailbreak the Iphone to use it. I feel these guys and some other live streaming apps should try and focus on being legitimate.

    There is a nice little race going off with Qik , Next2Friends and Flixwagon. I cannot wait to see what happens who will buy who ?

    What do you think ?

  6. The only problem I see here is that the only way to use the live streaming is you need to jailbreak the Iphone to use it. I feel these guys and some other live streaming apps should try and focus on being legitimate.

    There is a nice little race going off with Qik , Next2Friends and Flixwagon. I cannot wait to see what happens who will buy who ?

    What do you think ?

  7. “lots of people only have iPhones, and don’t have Nokia phones”… sounds funny because there is over 1 billion Nokia devices and few million iPhones around. Lol.

  8. “lots of people only have iPhones, and don’t have Nokia phones”… sounds funny because there is over 1 billion Nokia devices and few million iPhones around. Lol.

  9. This app drains your phone’s battery in only 40 minutes? No wonder Apple has no interest in a camcorder feature for the iPhone.

  10. This app drains your phone’s battery in only 40 minutes? No wonder Apple has no interest in a camcorder feature for the iPhone.

  11. Well I’m glad that Qik is coming to the iPhone, but I hoped it would be in the form of an app in the App Store.

    I have no desire to “jailbreak” my phone.

  12. Well I’m glad that Qik is coming to the iPhone, but I hoped it would be in the form of an app in the App Store.

    I have no desire to “jailbreak” my phone.

  13. Huh: The iPhone ships with only Apple’s applications and the AppStore installer installed by default. This leaves a chicken and egg problem: in order to install software which isn’t distributed by Apple themselves through iTunes, you need to run a piece of software on your Mac (or PC) which adds a third-party installer application to the iPhone. Once that’s installed, it can install all the other applications you want, without any involvement from Apple.

    Scoble: It’s pretty trivial these days, download and run an app and three Apple files, press a few buttons, drink coffee, done. Trivial.

    As a welcome side-effect, you can unlock (2G) iPhones at the same time, thus escaping the insane official tariff — a massive saving on domestic usage, absolutely essential if you ever set foot outside the country you bought the handset in. I’m doing exactly that a week today; at multiple dollars per megabyte, I couldn’t even consider using the Apple-sanctioned tariff. Unlock, and I’ll be paying a few dollars per day instead.

  14. Huh: The iPhone ships with only Apple’s applications and the AppStore installer installed by default. This leaves a chicken and egg problem: in order to install software which isn’t distributed by Apple themselves through iTunes, you need to run a piece of software on your Mac (or PC) which adds a third-party installer application to the iPhone. Once that’s installed, it can install all the other applications you want, without any involvement from Apple.

    Scoble: It’s pretty trivial these days, download and run an app and three Apple files, press a few buttons, drink coffee, done. Trivial.

    As a welcome side-effect, you can unlock (2G) iPhones at the same time, thus escaping the insane official tariff — a massive saving on domestic usage, absolutely essential if you ever set foot outside the country you bought the handset in. I’m doing exactly that a week today; at multiple dollars per megabyte, I couldn’t even consider using the Apple-sanctioned tariff. Unlock, and I’ll be paying a few dollars per day instead.

  15. Wow, thats a pretty major limitation. I actually thought Qik was already on Jailbroken iPhones, or at least streaming video was from someone. We all know it has been done (seen the demos at least).

    Doing it on the App Store is the real win.

  16. Wow, thats a pretty major limitation. I actually thought Qik was already on Jailbroken iPhones, or at least streaming video was from someone. We all know it has been done (seen the demos at least).

    Doing it on the App Store is the real win.

  17. Very true… Good to see that coming out on the iphone – that will be a great app.. However, your right it doesnt come close to Nokia, or what you can do on phones like the Sony Ericson Xperia. Great post…..

  18. Very true… Good to see that coming out on the iphone – that will be a great app.. However, your right it doesnt come close to Nokia, or what you can do on phones like the Sony Ericson Xperia. Great post…..

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