Qik Tests Video Streaming Service for BlackBerry Phones

BlackBerry users can now start streaming and sharing videos from their phones, social-networking company Qik announced on Sunday.

Their BlackBerry application is still in an alpha version, available for the Pearl 8120, Pearl 8130, Curve 8320, Curve 8330 and the Bold. Support for the Pearl Flip 8220 will follow soon. To get the best performance users are recommended to have BlackBerry OS 4.5 and above installed on their phones.

Support for BlackBerry has been one of the most frequent requests the Qik has had, according to the company blog.

The application can be downloaded from the company's Web site. After downloading the software, users go to the download folder, click on the Qik application and create a new account or sign in to an existing one. After the application starts, users press the stream button, and they are up and streaming live to the Qik Web site, according to the company.

Qik is also available for phones from HTC, Samsung, Motorola and several models from Nokia.

The Apple iPhone is also listed on Qik's Web site, but the Qik application is not available in the App Store. Qik is looking into getting the application added, but is not sure when or how this will happen, according to a blog entry from last week.

Recently, the company also announced an alpha version for mass market phones, including a number of phones from Sony Ericsson.

Social networking for mobile phones has been a hot topic this year. Earlier this year Vodafone and Nokia acquired social-networking companies, and Garmin signed a deal with mobile social-networking startup GyPSii.

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