Skype have just announced an agreement to acquire Qik, a video technology company. Qik enable you to capture video using your mobile phone and instantly upload them to the web for sharing or safe-keeping. You can also share videos privately with family and friends, automatically post to social networks, or broadcast to blogs and video sites.
Qik is available on all the major mobile platforms including Android, iOS, Symbian, BlackBerry OS and Windows Mobile, and is support on some 200 different handset models.
The acquisition will give Skype the engineering expertise that is behind Qik’s Smart Streaming technology, which optimizes video transmission over wireless networks. They say that Qik will help to accelerate their leadership in video by adding recording, sharing and storing capabilities to our product portfolio.
Video calling is important to Skype, in the first half of 2010, video calls accounted for 40 percent of all Skype-to-Skype call minutes so technology to make this smarter and slicker makes Qik a perfect match to the company.