Skype acquires mobile video experts Qik

Darren Allan

January 7, 2011

Skype has announced the acquisition of Qik, a provider of mobile video software and services.

Qik was established in 2006 and offers flexible solutions for capturing and sharing video across mobile devices and the web. The Qik service allows video to be shared in real-time, or stored and archived.

Qik is available on over 200 mobile phones, including the iPhone, Android, Symbian, Blackberry and Windows Mobile platforms.

Skype stated that the acquisition will enable it to leverage the expertise behind Qik’s smart streaming technology, which optimizes video transmission over wireless networks.

Tony Bates, Skype’s CEO, commented: “The Qik team has delivered exceptional video experiences for its mobile partners and millions of end users across a range of devices. Skype’s software enables an estimated 25 percent of the world’s international long distance voice calling minutes, and approximately 40 percent of those Skype-to-Skype calls are happening over video.”

“Qik’s deep engineering capabilities and strong mobile relationships will be an impressive complementary fit with Skype.”

Qik employees 60 staff, and has an HQ in California, along with an office in Moscow.


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