For those of you who’ve always wanted to broadcast or stream your corporate meetings to friends using your trusty BlackBerry, the folks from over at Qik have very good news. It seems that a lot of BlackBerry users have been longing for their very own Qik client, and fortunately Qik was kind enough to oblige.
Now, if you’ve got a BlackBerry Pearl 8120, BlackBerry Pearl 8130, BlackBerry Bold, BlackBerry Curve, or BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220, you can expect to fiddle with the first alpha release client of Qik starting today.
Actually, the BlackBerry Curve and BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 release clients aren’t yet ready for prime time, but the other models mentioned can immediately be used to join in on the fun. Qik adds that the BlackBerry Curve 8320 and 8330 have been confirmed to be also alpha-ready.
Note, however, that there are several differences with these BlackBerry alpha release clients and the clients for other handsets, and they are:
- When you start Qik, a screen is shown with just one button – Stream. Press the center button to start streaming. This will bring up the camera application and you’ll be off streaming live to the web. When you are ready to stop, just press the center button again.
- Depending on the network condition, after you press stop, you may see a progress % on the top right hand corner indicating the video that is left to be sent. It is advised to wait for the stream to be completely uploaded prior to streaming again.
- In this version, the chat does not show up overlayed on the camera.
- For best performance, use BlackBerry OS 4.5 and above.
- Your BlackBerry should have a SD card and video capture should be set to the directory: SDCard/Blackberry/Videos.
- The video capturing mode should not be set to the MMS mode.
That’s according to the Qik team themselves. Get it now by going to http://qik.com/dl/165 if you’re already a Qik user, or sign up first at http://qik.com/sign_up.
Via Qik Blog
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