Qik’s Live Video Broadcasting iPhone App Could be Coming to the App Store [Updated]

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We have seen some great iPhone apps that are available only for the jailbroken iPhone due to various reasons. Some developers have blamed it on the limitation of iPhone’s SDK while others have been forced to release their iPhone apps unofficially because they have been rejected from the App Store.

Its a pity as iPhone users who are not so technically inclined are missing out on these apps. However, based on the video posted by Digg’s co-founder, Kevin Rose, it appears that at least Qik, the live broadcasting app which was released for jailbroken iPhone could be officially coming to the App Store very soon.

Qik had released the beta version of their native iPhone app for jailbroken iPhone back in August which allowed iPhone users to broadcast live videos over Wi-Fi or a 3G network.

Applications like Qik enable you to share live videos of entertaining and special moments with your family and friends on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, etc directly from your mobile phone, it’s like using a camcorder (maybe not as sophisticated) but without worrying about the limited storage space on your mobile phone. The unofficial iPhone app has already generated a lot of interest.

Kevin Rose claims that QiK could be officially coming to iPhone’s App Store very soon and is currently awaiting Apple’s approval. This is what he has to say:

“This is not a hacked or jailbroken version, this is the real deal. It’s not out in the App Store yet, but I hear it’s coming very soon.”

As you can seen below, he has actually broadcasted the news live using Qik’s official iPhone app to avoid any doubts.



He has also posted a video review of Qik’s official iPhone app:



As you can see it appears to be similar to the unofficial app that can be installed on jailbroken iPhones and appears to be quite stable. There are no pricing details available; however its expected that the app will be available for free on the App Store.

If Qik gets Apple’s approval, it would be a major victory for them, as it would make them the first iPhone app to officially bring live broadcasting to the iPhone. It will be interesting to see if Flixwagon, Qik’s lesser know rival will get an approval from Apple for their iPhone app as well.

We will keep you posted as soon as Qik is available on the App Store.

Thanks Kevin Rose for the news and also for the video review of Qik’s official app.

Have you been waiting for Qik to be available on the App Store?

Update:

TechCrunch is reporting that they have been told by folks at Qik that they are yet to submit their app to Apple as of last week.

Bhaskar Roy, Co-founder of Qik, has also provided the following clarification in the comments on CrunchGear:

"Hi all – wanted to clarify that we are looking into having Qik be available on App Store, but at present are not sure when and how this will happen."

So I guess we might not see Qik on the App Store very soon, but lets hope it does sometime soon.

[Kevin Rose’s blog via The Apple Blog]




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