Live-streaming service Qik comes to Windows Mobile

Previously only available for Nokia smartphones, the streaming and recording service will soon roll out for millions of Windows smartphones now on the market, according to co-founder.

Qik, the mobile phone-based video-streaming service favored by blogger Robert Scoble, is coming to the Windows Mobile platform.

Previously only available for Nokia phones like the horrendously overpriced N95 ($500 unlocked), the service will soon roll out for the millions of Windows smartphones now on the market, like the Samsung Blackjack (free with activation) according to Qik co-founder Bhaskar Roy.

While still in private beta, Qik for Windows will soon be available as an open download. Roy told me that he hopes to sign some carrier deals soon too, getting Qik preinstalled on phones.

Qik turns anyone with a capable mobile phone into an on-the-spot live reporter. The service also records its live streams so users can view events after the fact.

As VentureBeat says, don't get too excited. We're expecting a new 3G iPhone on Tuesday, and who knows what cool video capability will be built into it.

See also Kyte, Flixwagon, and ComVu.

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Rafe Needleman reviews mobile apps and products for fun, and picks startups apart when he gets bored. He has evaluated thousands of new companies, most of which have since gone out of business.


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