January 6, 2011 | by Michael Heller
Qik is one of the better video sharing/conferencing apps in the Android market, and now it’s going to become a part of Skype. Skype recently demoed HD video conferencing on Android, and we expected them to bring video calls to their app, so this acquisition should speed up that process.
The announcement was made by Skype’s new CEO Tony Bates. No plan for integrating Qik has been set forth, nor if this acquisition is purely for video conferencing or if Skype will retain Qik’s video sharing capabilities, though that would seem to be a good market for Skype to enter. There has also been no official word on the pricetag of the purchase, but Mashable has reported that a source close to the deal says it’s worth $100 million dollars.
I’m certainly looking forward to some Android video conferencing. Now, I just need a front-facing camera…