Qik Now Available to All As It Moves to Public Beta

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'Cool in the Valley' company Qik who's Qik application allows you to live stream video from your S60 handset, has today moved the service from private (invite only) beta to a full public beta status. In practice this means that anyone can sign up for the site and download the software for their mobile phone.  While there are a number of live video services already out there, very few of them have a component that runs on a mobile phone - and Qik is one of the fastest of those providing mobile. More at www.qik.com.

It's also worthwhile signing up to the site even if you only plan to watch others, so you can take part in conversations and leave comments on video. Also rolled into the new version is the groups feature, so users may collate single videos into an easily identifiable collection. And to help with the problem of getting people to watch a live stream that pops up for only a few minutes, an events page is now being provided to help with scheduling.

More at Qik.com, where you can also sign up for the service.