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It seems like just yesterday Kevin Rose was teasing us all with tantalizing tweets about an upcoming Qik iPhone application that would allow you to stream live video from your device to the web. Of course, that was before the iPhone 3GS, which brought actual video […]

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It seems like just yesterday Kevin Rose was teasing us all with tantalizing tweets about an upcoming Qik iPhone application that would allow you to stream live video from your device to the web. Of course, that was before the iPhone 3GS, which brought actual video recording capabilities. Somehow, in those heady, optimistic days, it still seemed possible that the Qik app might make it into the App Store.

Time passed, we grew older, experienced the harsh disappointment of a fickle and dubiously motivated App Store approval process, and Qik came to jailbroken phones, as do all of the good apps that actually do things iPhone owners would like to be able to do with the devices we overpaid for. There seemed to be little hope of ever seeing Qik in the App Store. But look, that’s exactly where it is (iTunes link), as of today.

Cause for celebration? Could be, but I’d say reserved celebration at best, because while Qik is indeed in the App Store, and it does indeed allow you to record video and post it to the service with your iPhone 3GS (stick to the jailbreak version, 3G owners), it doesn’t let you actually stream live video, which is sort of the point of Qik in the first place, isn’t it? I mean, I can already post videos directly from the camera app to YouTube, and personally, I don’t need to worry about using another recorded video web service.

Also, you have to have a Wi-Fi connection to even upload your videos at all, which all but eradicates any remaining interest I may have had in the app. To be fair, this is probably another example of the AT&T monkey on Apple’s shoulder steering policy, but it doesn’t make the pill any easier to swallow. The FCC can’t drive a wedge between these two soon enough, as far as I’m concerned.

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  1. Bryan Schuetz Friday, August 14, 2009

    With more and more cool apps piling up in Cydia the urge to jailbreak my iPhone gets stronger and stronger.

  2. “…as do all of the good apps that actually do things iPhone owners would like to be able to do with the devices we overpaid for. ”

    Heart-breaking.

    Get a different phone, champ. One that will allow you to do everything you ever wanted. If you can find one.

  3. You worry about video streaming. In Germany, even tethering is disabled!

  4. I don’t like whiners that have the ability to post blog entries (shows that they can click on buttons and use technology somewhat) yet refuse to jailbreak in order to use their gadgets as god intended.

    I also don’t like commenters like Reese. Different phone, blah blah blah. Why would anyone want to switch if their phone does 100 things (1000 if jailbroken) while the competition still has wet milk on its chin and won’t do 10 things properly?

    Qik via Cydia has everything you want. Google Voice app is on Cydia too among other gems. Go there and enjoy your iPhone as you envisioned using it. Don’t let Apple dictate how you live your life.

    ur welcome

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    [...] live video from your video-capable iPhone 3GS to the web, something which the recently released Qik app couldn’t (and still can’t) boast. It’s the first app to offer live streaming from [...]

  6. I Stream, You Stream, We All Stream with Ustream for iPhone | The Apple Tech Blog Monday, December 14, 2009

    [...] live video from your video-capable iPhone 3GS to the web, something which the recently released Qik app couldn’t (and still can’t) boast. It’s the first app to offer live streaming from [...]

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