updated 02:45 pm EST, Thu February 16, 2012
Clik provides universal web-linked remote
Kik launched an offshoot app, Clik, on Thursday. The Android- and iOS-based apps borrow a trick from Sony's Vscreens that lets a mobile device remote control and push video to any target device with a browser. Visiting the website (above) makes a QR code unique to that computer that, when scanned by the app, lets the phone or tablet push YouTube videos to the computer's larger screen. It doesn't require Wi-Fi to work and can have multiple users talking to one host.
The infrastructure had been developed before Kik itself and is meant as a possible general platform for other media formats. It could similarly act as a direct remote control for an app, such as a game or a music service. It potentially fills in gaps for TVs, as they would only need a browser to become a conduit for other services.
Access is currently free, although Kik is exploring possible teamwork with other companies to make Clik an important feature. [via TechCrunch]