Google IO 2015 Coverage

Facebook Messenger takes on Skype and Hangouts with video calling feature

facebook messenger video callingFacebook is rolling out a new feature to their Messenger platform to take on the likes of Skype and other video chatting services. You’ll now be able to make video calls to your friends through Messenger, offering a completely platform agnostic way to keep in touch with friends and family.

Sure, Hangouts and Skype both offer easy ways to video chat with people on other operating systems, but it involves swapping usernames and sometimes downloading appropriate apps. Facebook has its foot in the door, as a vast majority of its users have Facebook already installed, and a good chunk of them are using its Messenger service. Read more

Verizon aims to launch its VoLTE network this year alongside video calling

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Ready or not, Verizon will be launching its VoLTE network (voice over LTE) this year. We just do not know exactly when it will be happening. Over the summer? Near the end of December, just in time for Christmas? Who knows! But what we do know is that Verizon will be utilizing VoLTE for video calling as well. Two VoLTE-enabled device are necessary and Verizon will give callers the option to use voice or voice with video. The launch of the VoLTE network will be done in a rollout format, meaning that you may have to wait longer than anyone else. After all, Verizon does intend on making this a nationwide platform.

In the meantime, enjoy Big Red’s new XLTE network speeds.

Source: Verizon

Skype updated with portrait calling support on tablets, new languages

Skype for Android has been given a breathe of life today as a new update has officially brought portrait calling to tablet users. The majority of the application still doesn’t support portrait mode, though this is unquestionably a step in the right direction. Previously, users with top-mounted front facing cameras would be forced to use the tablet in landscape, inevitably creating a strange camera angle. Also included in the update is a slew of much-needed bug fixes, as well as a swath of languages including Norwegian, Portuguese and UK English. Be sure to hit the break to grab the new version from the Play Store. Read more

Skype for Android Update Brings Improved Interface and More

Skype for Android has just been updated to version 2.7.0.907, and brings an updated calling interface, performance improvements, bug fixes, and continues to add video calling support for more devices with the addition of support for Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G Touch.

The market page lists the following:

What’s in this version:

  1. Improvements and new features:
  2. Calling interface updated
  3. Improved quality
  4. Enabled video calling for Samsung Epic 4G Touch

Here’s what the new calling interface looks like. Minimalist and classy.

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13 New Devices Receive Skype Video Calling Support, Also Brings More Ads

Video Calling has now been added to another 13 devices for those who have been waiting patiently for Skype’s popular added functionality.  However, with that, a small price in the form of more ads accompanies it.  If you happen to have any Skype credits laying around, this should assist in avoiding the ads, however, it’s more than likely most of you don’t.  Check out the list of devices below to ensure yours is supported.  And if you currently don’t have Skype downloaded onto your device and want it, you can snatch it up here on our popular apps database where you’ll also find a QR code available.  In addition, you can grab the free app from the Android Market for added convenience.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the application and its new functionality in the comments below.  Happy Skyping everyone.

Newly Supported Devices:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (T-Mobile)
  • HTC Shooter (KDDI)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
  • 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
  • Motorola Droid 3 (landscape only)
  • Motorola Bionic (landscape only)
  • Motorola Xoom
  • Motorola Atrix

Skype for Android officially adds video calling to 17 more devices

Recently Skype for Android added video support, but only for a handful of phones. Shortly after, it was made “unofficially” available for other phones thanks to the great Android developement community, but Skype has “officially” added support for 17 additional devices.

There is one caveat in that you must have Android 2.3x Gingerbread on your device or it will only work with the rear camera since the front camera is not supported with Android 2.1 and 2.2.

Hit the break for the full list of devices:

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Skype video chat unofficially comes to Galaxy S II, Sensation, Thunderbolt, and others

Yesterday we reported that the latest Skype update brought video calling, but only to four handsets. Thankfully, the Android community did some tweaking, and it quickly doubled. So far, there are reports of it working on the Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Sensation, HTC Thunderbolt, and the HTC EVO 4G. It is possible it will work on more phones so if you have Android 2.3, give it a shot, and let us know in the comments.

There are a couple of apk’s: A Thunderbolt specific and a general one. The good news is no root is required. Here are the links:

Thunderbolt_GB_Skype.apk [mirror]

Skype_2_0_0_45-signed.apk [mirror]

[via droid-life and techpetals by engadget]

Skype for Android brings video calling to Xperia Pro, Xperia Neo, Desire S, and Nexus S

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.

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Latest video calling app: Qik Video Connect brings Cross-platform

Looks like we’ve got a couple stories today where theses developers are trying their hand at the cross-platform communication, between Android and iOS, specifically. First an app from iStartApp. And now Qik has brought to the Android Market, Qik Video Connect. Allowing you to connect  your Android device to your friends iPhone, with live video calling. Also included in this new development are a few other features such as: Video mail, for when you cant talk live (free trial), and live video sharing with many of your preferred social networking sites. You will need and Android device running 2.1 to use this new Qik Video Connect.

Just back in January, Skype announced it was aquiring Qik. So with these two companies combined, I think we can continue to see advancements in the world of mobile communication. What featured would you like to see added to a top rated video chat/calling application?

[via gizmodo]