Remember when all the HTC EVO 4G users on Sprint were gloating about their ability to make two-way video calls with Qik? Well, that fire was put out very quickly when, upon launch, the video service was plagued with a number of issues. Servers were being overloaded, video call quality was horrendous and being able to get on a call was a sporadic event. Fast foward a whole month later, which might have felt like the longest month of your lives for some of you, and Qik has finally come up with a fix.
In version 3.54, here’s what you’ll get:
Connectivity issues improved: In certain network conditions, there were issues where it would take a long time to get connected and initiate a chat session. We have made changes to the way the connection is established to make it significantly faster than before.
Better performance in low network conditions: When the network bandwidth fluctuated below a certain threshold, sometimes the video would not flow both ways. With this update we now adapt to these conditions faster and more gracefully, enabling the 2-way video to perform much better.
SMS verification no longer necessary: With this update, we no longer send you an SMS to verify your phone number. So, if you have been waiting for your SMS to come through – you don’t have to wait anymore. Just update your client to this version and you’ll be all set.
Video chats are not automatically archived for playback: With this update your Qik Video Chats are no longer automatically archived to your account on http://qik.com, and we will be adding additional user controls for this much-requested feature in subsequent releases.
Overall, it seems like Qik video calling will be a pleasant feature for EVO 4G users now that it’s actually working properly again. Although, if you feel like it’s still not up to par, feel free to banter and moan all you like here in the comments and hope that someone gets the message.