Well it’s about time! According to Skype’s official changelog, their Android app will be adding video chat functionality to over 14 new devices. The update isn”t without its growing pains though, as it looks like Skype is planning to further monetize their burgeoning free service by way of a few ads here and there.
Either way, as one of the world’s most popular video/messaging/free calling services, it’s good to see, and more importantly, it’s good for everyone and especially the new near 600,000 Android device owners being added daily.
I read somewhere a few weeks back that at any given moment, Skype is responsible for as much as 12% of all international phone minutes. That’s no small feat, folks. And it’s only likely to increase unless Microsoft really screws it up.
So What’s New?
According to their official changelog, the newly updated Skype APK now includes support for video calling in both landscape and portrait modes, and users will now be able to double-tap to zoom in to get a closer look at the person they are video chatting with. And, more importantly. Skype has expanded the list of devices that are supported dramatically. Check them out below.
Newly Supported Devices
- Motorola Droid 3 LANDSCAPE ONLY
- Motorola Bionic LANDSCAPE ONLY Motorola Xoom
- Motorola Atrix
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (T-Mobile)
- HTC SHOOTER (KDDI)
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Live
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V
- Acer Iconia Tablet (A500)
- LG Optimus Black LANDSCAPE ONLY
- LG Optimus 3D LANDSCAPE ONLY
- LG Optimus 2x LANDSCAPE ONLY
- Motorola Photon
Thankfully, the list of updates doesn’t stop there. As you will see below, the update includes things both good and bad, but mostly good:
- Revised Recent view – conversations now grouped around your contacts.
- Increased support for more Bluetooth headsets.
- Targeted in-client advertising. (Advertising will not be shown to users that have Skype Credit, a Calling or Skype Premium subscription.)
- It is possible to edit and delete IM messages.
- And finally, Skype will remain in the memory and will no longer restart when you sign out.
It really was about time folks. It took Skype a really long time to come to Android, at least on a global scale, and this update marks one of the more significant ones for Android since its debut. Any thoughts on the update? In our opinion it’s needed and necessary, and about time!