Skype Hits Android With Video Calling, Limited To Few Devices
Skype is one of the leading applications for video and voice calling. It’s been available for Android for some time, but unfortunately there was no video capability. It was recently launched for iPhone 4 with video calling, as the iPhone 4 sports a front-facing camera. More recent Android devices have launched with front-facing cameras, but there are still dozens (if not hundreds) that aren’t equipped with them. There are other apps like Fring and Tango, but some people just love the familiarity of Skype. Well, it looks like those people will get what they want, as Skype has updated its Android app, and video calling is a go.The catch? It’s only available for a few phones, the HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo, Xperia Pro, and the Nexus S. Skype has promised that it will hit other devices soon, but it’s unclear how long it’ll take. Of course, Microsoft recently bought Skype, and we thought Android users were totally out of luck as far as an app goes, so we’re fortunate enough just to get this.
Skype version 2.0 also comes with a new UI, making the Skype experience even better and faster. So, if you’re using any of the devices mentioned above, then don’t forget to check out the new Skype and let us know what you think. Be sure to leave a comment below or on our Facebook Wall! The press release can also be found below.
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LUXEMBOURG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Skype today announced an updated version of its Skype for Android app – Skype for Android 2.0, bringing Skype Video Calling to the currently fastest growing mobile OS1.
With the new version, users will be able to make and receive free2 1-to-1 video calls over Skype between their Android phone and other Skype contacts on the iPhone, Mac, Windows PCs and even TVs3. Skype for Android with video works over Wi-Fi or 3G data connections and can be downloaded for free from the Android Market or Skype.com/m using any phone browser.
“We are committed to bring Skype Video Calling to as many platforms as possible and are delighted to deliver on this with our new updated Skype for Android app,” said Neil Stevens, Skype’s vice president and general manager for product and marketing. “With approximately 30 million concurrent users logging into Skype at any given time4 and making up to half a million simultaneous video calls5, Skype for Android with video makes it even easier for users to share moments with their contacts wherever they are.”
In addition to video calls, users can also make calls to landlines and mobiles around the world, as well as send SMS’s to friends and family anywhere in the world at great Skype rates. All this comes with a complete redesign of the Skype for Android user interface. There’s a new main menu on the Skype app for Android where users can navigate easily through their contacts, access their Skype profile to change personal details or see the balance of their Skype Credit. Finally a new mood message box at the top of the Skype app menu makes it easier than ever for users to share how they are feeling, what they’ve seen, or what they’re up to.
For this first phase of launch, handsets that support video calling include the HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro and the Google Nexus S.