Skype has been updated to include video calls, but only for a few phones. They are:
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro
- HTC Desire S
- Google Nexus S
For the rest of us you will find a redesigned interface and you can now use SMS from Skype. For the interface, there is a new main menu where users can navigate easily though their contacts, access their profile, and check Skype credit. There is also a new mood message box at the top so you can share how you are feeling. Right now I am a little depressed because the above list of phones is rather pathetic, but you have to start somewhere.
Full press release after the break.
Skype brings Video Calling to Android Phones
LUXEMBOURG, 30th June 2011 – 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 theAndroid 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.
1.Source: Gartner report “Market Share Analysis: Mobile Devices, Worldwide, 1Q11″
2. Additional data charges may apply
3. iPhone, iPod Touch (4th gen) with iOS 4 or higher, Skype for Windows version 4.2 and above, Skype for Mac OS X version 5.0 and above
4. As of March 2011
5. At peak times as of June 2011
Skype is a communications software whose purpose is to break down barriers to communication. With an Internet-connected device, families, friends and colleagues can get together for free with messaging, voice and video. At low cost, they can also call landlines or mobiles virtually anywhere in the world. Skype has recently introduced group video, allowing groups of more than two people to do things together whenever they’re apart.
Founded in 2003 and based in Luxembourg. Skype can be downloaded onto computers, mobile phones and other connected devices for free at www.skype.com.