Skype to acquire Qik Confirmed

first_imgUPDATE 1/6/10 2:28pm: This is official. See below.An unnamed source, as they typically are, is indicating that Skype is expected to announce at CES 2011 its intention to acquire Qik for $100 million. Qik offers a service similar to Skype, but for mobile phones and tablets which allow users to video chat in addition to the ability to send and receive video mail. Qik users can also record video with their mobile phone and have it instantly uploaded to the web or, if they choose, video can be viewed as it is recording offering mobile phone users the unique ability to stream live video. Skype nor Qik have confirmed an acquisition is imminent, but that is almost as predictable as a source being unnamed.AdChoices广告Qik would be a nice compliment to Skype’s services, especially since it extends much of what the company does and does not due to mobile phones. Having a dominant presence on mobile devices would definitely allow Skype to drive growth as already indicated by Qik’s growth this past year. Qik began 2010 with 600,000 users and ended the year with 5 million. That’s a growth rate of over 700%! Helping drive that growth is the fact that Qik has teamed up nicely with Google’s Android operating system. It’s growth has also been impressive over the last year and expects to continue in 2011.When you look at the numbers its hard to imagine why Skype wouldn’t acquire Qik considering the new services the company brings to the table. The 5 million users which could also be encouraged to use existing Skype services is not a bad thing to acquire either.Read more at Business Insider.Update- We just heard- This is official! The release is: Skype to Acquire Qiklast_img

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