HTC Evo will have Qik Two Way Video preloaded; Premium Service Extra
One of the key features on the Sprint HTC EVO 4G smartphone is its ability to have video communication. It comes with a conventional, high end 8MP rear facing camera, but also a front facing 1.3MP camera. All that’s left for video chat to take place is a software component. The HTC EVO 4G will come preloaded with the Qik app, which specializes in video communications.
As of a few days ago, the Qik app was rumored to cost $5, much to the dismay of the Android enthusiast. Fortunately for prospective HTC EVO 4G buyers, Qik released a statement earlier today clarifying the rumor. The two way video chat will be available for free, but in order to take advantage of the “advanced premium features” one would have to pay a monthly fee of $5. Qik has been tight-lipped on what exactly the advanced premium features are, so it may or may not be worth the $5. I’m willing to bet money that a video chat with multiple people would cost extra. Another completely free option to Qik is Fring, which offers free two way video chat to users.
The Sprint HTC EVO 4G will be available to the general public on June 4. It will be the first phone to support video chat with two cameras. The only other phone known to have two cameras is the unannounced iPhone 4G. I’m sure if the Qik video app works well on the Sprint HTC EVO 4G, we will see more and more smartphones equipped with two cameras and make video chat a standard feature.