Gingerbread rolling out to T-Mobile G2x now

By on July 27, 2011 at 1:01 AM.

Gingerbread rolling out to T-Mobile G2x now

T-Mobile has officially announced that it is now pushing out Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) to its LG G2x customers. The update includes the following enhancements:

  • Improved battery life
  • Improved front-facing camera operation when using Qik record and share
  • Improved disabling Car Home
  • Helps address unexpected reboots.

T-Mobile confirmed the update is rolling out over the air (OTA) now, but you should be able to manually check for the software by going to Settings > About Phone > Software Update. We heard early reports that some G2x customers were experiencing a lot of bugs with their devices so we hope this update fixes most, if not all of them. More →

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YouTube announces YouTube Live; live streaming video service currently in beta

By on April 8, 2011 at 1:16 PM.

YouTube announces YouTube Live; live streaming video service currently in beta

Google’s YouTube on Friday announced that it is rolling out its new YouTube Live beta platform located at http://www.youtube.com/live. YouTube will use the channel to stream live events, concerts, interviews and more. Users will be able to subscribe to partners streaming on YouTube Live and will be notified of events as they approach. The online video service said it is only working with a few partners initially, but that “the goal is to provide thousands of partners with the capability to live stream form their channels in the months ahead.” The service also allows viewers to interact with live streamers and each other during broadcasts using YouTube’s live comments feature. More →

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Qik announces Qik Video Connect iPhone app, launches today

By on March 15, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

Qik announces Qik Video Connect iPhone app, launches today

Have you been a fan of Qik, yet kind of depressed its live streaming iPhone app has fallen by the way side? Qik has just announced that it has a brand new app for the iPhone and iPod touch, and it’s called Qik Video Connect. Qik Video Connect streams live video like you’re used to, directly to your Qik.com user page, but it takes things one step further by offering live video calling (over 3G as well as Wi-Fi), video messaging and video sharing. If your friends aren’t around for a live video chat, just shoot them a video message, or even post it up automatically on Facebook or Twitter. Qik also has a premiun version of Video Connect that’s available for $2.99 if you want to access enhanced features like real-time video effects, the capability to edit your videos prior to upload, and HD video quality uploads. We have been messing witih Qik Video Connect for a little while, and well, we really love having Qik live streaming back on our iPhones. The new app is clean, easy to use, and the video sharing features are really intriguing. Both versions will be available in the App Store later on today. The full press release can be found after the break. More →

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T-Mobile Sidekick 4G gets official, coming later this spring

By on March 15, 2011 at 12:00 AM.

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G gets official, coming later this spring

Remember your first Sidekick? That black and white screen… but oh, the AOL Instant Messanger. T-Mobile is back at it with a brand new Sidekick, though quite a few things have noticeably changed. For starters, this isn’t your younger cousins’ Sidekick Slide — Microsoft-owned Danger is nowhere to be found on here — Google’s Android OS powers the Samsung-manufactured device, and it’s pretty feature packed. The new Sidekick 4G rocks a 3.5″ display, support for T-Mobile’s 21Mbps 4G HSPA + network, a 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird CPU, front-facing video camera, signature Sidekick QWERTY keyboard with “pop-tilt” hinge, and is preloaded Twitter and Facebook applications. Two color choices, matte black and pearl magenta will be available from T-Mobile when the device launches “later this spring”. Pricing has not yet been announced. Full press release after the jump! More →

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Skype to acquire Qik

By on January 6, 2011 at 10:34 PM.

Skype to acquire Qik

Skype announced Thursday that it will acquire mobile video software and service provider Qik. Unconfirmed rumors suggest the deal will be worth approximately $100 million. Qik specializes in mobile video broadcasting and video calling services, the latter being an area that Skype has been particularly interested in lately. Qik emerged among a group of similar services but broke out in 2010 thanks to carrier and manufacturer deals that helped net the service 4.4 million new subscribers over the course of the year. Qik’s bread and butter is currently the Android OS, though it also offers clients for other platforms including iOS and Symbian. “The Qik team has delivered exceptional video experiences for its mobile partners and millions of end users across a range of devices,” said Skype CEO Tony Bates in a statement. “Qik’s deep engineering capabilities and strong mobile relationships will be an impressive complementary fit with Skype.” Hit the break for Skype’s full press release. More →

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Qik to power T-Mobile’s mobile video chat service

By on November 3, 2010 at 7:08 AM.

Qik to power T-Mobile’s mobile video chat service

Qik, the mobile video company that is often most closely associate with Sprint’s Evo 4G, will be playing a serious roll in T-Mobile’s Android lineup. A press release, fresh out of the oven, reports that:

The integrated T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik will be the first to offer integration into the native Android™ address book with the benefit of indicating live presence allowing customers to connect with friends and family through live video conversations and video messaging over T-Mobile’s network and Wi-Fi.

The integrated video chat service, which will be available on the upcoming myTouch 4G handset, will “allow users not only to conduct live two-way video conversations from their mobile device, but also will allow users to leave video messages.” Video messages are supported on over 200 phone models.

“T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik is the ideal showcase for the capabilities of our network and is an example of our focus on providing innovative new solutions to enrich the lives of our customers,” said Andrew Sherrard, T-Mobile’s VP of product management. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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T-Mobile myTouch hands on

By on October 27, 2010 at 4:38 PM.

T-Mobile myTouch hands on

We’re at T-Mobile’s intimate myTouch event right now (we’re currently snuggling up with all four colors — white, black, red and purple), and here are our first-hand impressions:

  • It feels good in the hand. The device is pretty slim, has a slight Android chin at the bottom, and all in all seems to be very solidly-built.
  • The screen is beautiful, sharp and bright — but not as good as an AMOLED in our opinion.
  • It rocks the myTouch UI that first appeared with the myTouch Slide, though it seems a bit more refined now.
  • We’re currently watching Vincent from SlashGear and Sascha from PC Magazine try to establish a video call. It was unsuccessful at first, but it seems like they’re having way too much fun now that it’s working. Never mind, Sascha is yelling at the phone now.
  • Watching a demo of the phone streaming video to a TV set was pretty cool. After some quick initial buffering, movies, photos and YouTube played effortlessly on the HDTV.

We’re pretty excited for the launch of the new myTouch. It’s packed with features and it nicely compliments T-Mobile’s stock Android G2 device as a younger-focused counterpart. Hit the jump for our full gallery, ok?

Click on over to our T-Mobile myTouch hands on gallery!

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Qik's premium services for EVO 4G detailed

By on June 4, 2010 at 7:53 AM.

Qik's premium services for EVO 4G detailed

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Happy EVO 4G Day Sprint lovers. Remember that whole thing about Qik video chat being $4.99/month, and then hours later it not being $4.99/month? Well, the folks from Qik have officially announced exactly what the free versus premium service offerings are for Qik streaming video. We’ve got the features matrix, a PR video, and the press release locked and loaded for you after the break. More →

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Sprint EVO 4G: Qik video chat to cost extra, 4G hotspot loophole, Sprint stores to open early

By on May 28, 2010 at 7:45 PM.

Sprint EVO 4G: Qik video chat to cost extra, 4G hotspot loophole, Sprint stores to open early

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There have been a plethora of EVO 4G stories circulating the interwebs today, so we thought we should combine all the tidbits into one post for your reading pleasure.

First, the use of Qik’s video chat. The Qik video chat feature — which is really cool — will not be something included in your Simply Everything Plan…or the $30 tethering plan…or that $10 4G fee…wait, WTF? If you are an HTC EVO owner, and would like to use the Qik’s video chat coolness, you will have to fork over an extra $4.99/month. That’s right, it is a for-charge service from Sprint. Lame.

Second, the use of your EVO’s mobile hotspot capabilities will be free, on 4G, until July. Engadget has published some of Sprint’s EVO pre-launch materials that indicate the Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities will work without the $30 Mobile Hotspot add-on. The loophole will work: “Only in 4G markets and only on our 4G network […] you won’t have access to our 3G network mobile hotspots. A resolution is expected to be in place in the July timeframe, at which time the device will require activation of the Sprint Mobile HotSpot add-on to utilize the hot spot feature.” Do us a favor and take your time with that one Sprint.

Lastly, Sprint stores will be opening early on launch day; June 4th. No real surprise here, but apparently Sprint store managers have been told to open the gates early, at 8AM, for the EVO, Android, 4G, fanfare that may or may not ensue.

UPDATE: Qik has published a blog post to clarify the literature attained by Android Guys, the post reads: “the core capability of doing 2-way Qik video chat will be FREE for Sprint EVO 4G users. The subscription fee will be for some advanced premium features that we are working on, which we will be announcing on June 4th – the day the amazing HTC EVO 4G phone launches.”

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Sprint's HTC EVO 4G Event

By on May 12, 2010 at 9:33 PM.

Sprint's HTC EVO 4G Event

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We just got back from Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G event in NYC, and besides messing around with the device and seeing it for the second time first hand, we finally got a release date and price. As reported earlier, you’ll be able to get Android’s finest for $199 with a new two year agreement on June 4th. To recap the new data pricing, Sprint’s adding a $10 “4G” add-on feature to their $69.99 unlimited voice, data, and SMS package. Tethering (mobile hotspot) will run you an additional $29.99 monthly. All in, it tops out at $109.98 — still a pretty good deal if you think about it, especially considering the handset will support up to 8 simultaneous devices and even better, there’s no bandwidth cap at all. Check out our awesome gallery from the event complete with some HTC EVO 4G hotness sprinkled in.

Click on over to our Sprint HTC EVO 4G Event gallery!

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Breaking: HTC EVO 4G available June 4th for $199.99

By on May 12, 2010 at 6:18 PM.

Breaking: HTC EVO 4G available June 4th for $199.99

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We’re at the HTC EVO 4G event in New York City and Dan Hesse just let it be known that the HTC EVO 4G will drop June 4th for $199.99. As awesome as this all is, we should caution you that you’ll need the $69.99 Everything Data plan and up to use an EVO 4G. And if you live in a market that has WiMAX, you’re kindly asked to hand over an extra $10 per month as a “premium data add-on”. If you were planning on taking advantages of the EVO’s ability to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for 8 extra devices, you’ll be dinged an additional $29.99. Don’t get us wrong because we’re not criticizing — when you think about it, this is really in line with what you’d pay for an Overdrive Mi-Fi from Sprint — we’re just letting you know what’s up with no BS. Feeling let down? What if we told you that Sprint has managed to find a way to let you make voice calls over 4G opening the door simultaneous voice and data connections in addition to making video calls via Qik over its EV-DO and WiMAX networks? Yeah, we thought so. Rock on, Sprint. Rock on.

We’ll be back later with more information — including a bunch of pictures — from the event.

Click on through to check out the press release!
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Qik gets DROID support, DVD-resolution streaming video dreams come true

By on November 10, 2009 at 11:18 AM.

Qik gets DROID support, DVD-resolution streaming video dreams come true

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Our favorite live video-broadcasting service just upped the ante last night. Qik has gone ahead and introduced not only support for Android 2.0 and the Motorola DROID, but the capability to stream 720×480 video live right from the handset. Because the camera supports that resolution, dummies. We’ve taken it out for a spin and have been pretty blown away by the video quality and also the updated interface and UI. If you want to download the DROID-specific version, you’ll need to shoot an email over to Qik. Sample video and the email address along with press release is after the break.

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Qik adds 3G support, still lacks Qik support

By on August 22, 2009 at 3:35 PM.

Qik adds 3G support, still lacks Qik support

In the ongoing drama that is the App Store approval process, Qik scored a half victory last night when its updated iPhone app gained approval. The new version supports video uploads via 3G whereas previous versions were only able to upload videos over Wi-Fi. We say half victory because the features paramount to Qik’s app/service combo — the ability to stream live video and see viewer comments pop up on your display — is still notably absent from Qik’s iPhone offering. In a word: garbage. As the FCC continues to crack down on Apple’s App Store shenanigans, we can only hope that the company eventually begins to allow apps like Qik and Sling Player to implement the core functionality that makes them great. That is, instead of crippling them to the point of near-uselessness where their intended functionality is concerned.

[Via The iPhone Blog]

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