When comparing Skype Qik vs Riot, the Slant community recommends Riot for most people. In the question“What are the best messaging apps for Android?” Riot is ranked 15th while Skype Qik is ranked 40th.
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Pro Video shooting is easy
A swipe down from the main screen of Qik and a tap on the record button will start recording a video that can be up to 42-seconds long. Once recorded the video can be sent to anyone in the address book.
Pro Allows canned video responses
Up to 12 five-second videos can be recorded and used as a quick way to respond.
Pro Web and mobile (iOS, Android) versions available
Pro Supports text, voice, video
Integrates with Jitsi for multi-party video chats
Pro Uses Matrix, the open communications protocol
Pro Very good and simple interface
Riot has a very simple interface, adding the ability for more unexperienced PC-Users to use it.
Pro Widgets support
Want to watch that flick at YouTube and discuss it at the same time? Have Grafana graphs stacked above your DevOps team chat? Collaboratively edit Google Docs and chat over without switching applications? This is possible with Riot.
Pro Bridges to other networks
You're not confined within Riot's or even Matrix garden, and you don't have to make users of other networks switch to Matrix.
Con Limited to contacts in the address book
It's only possible to send video to contacts in the address book.
Con Still in active yet early development
There is clearly a User Experience issue esp. in web version which the developers are aware of and are working hard to improve. They've got the concept concrete, so UX won't be an issue in no time. Most often used parts are functional, but some are yet not.
The success of riot depends on how fast the development is, or it'll get outdated too quickly as developers of Signal and Telegram have predicted.