Released in October, Skype Qik is designed for quick and easy shooting and sharing of videos through private chats, similar to Snapchat. And like that wildly popular ephemeral messaging app, Skype Qik allows for automatically disappearing content: Each video in the app lasts for two weeks before disappearing, and a video can be deleted before then whether it’s been watched or not.
With its latest update, Skype Qik has taken another step toward matching Snapchat. Specifically, the app now lets you add a caption to your video to make it more fun, or in most cases, make it funnier. Just tap the new “Add caption” option in the preview of your video to overlay it with a short line of text.
In the video preview, there’s also a new music icon. This lets you liven up your video by adding music to it from your iTunes library. Note, though, that you can’t select a specific part of a song to serve as your background music, since Skype Qik automatically plays the song at its very beginning.
Aside from caption and music support, the latest update to Skype Qik brings another significant development: support for photos.
That’s right: Skype Qik is now a photo messaging app as well as a video messenger. As a result, you can now select photos from your camera roll and send them as a slide show.
While it’s not nearly as popular as Snapchat, Skype Qik offers key features that make it a neat video — and photo — messaging app. And it sports an easy-to-use, vibrant interface to boot.