At Google I/O 2016 today, Google announced a pair of communication platforms they are making available for users. The first of these is their new messaging platform called Allo. To go along with that, Google also introduced attendees at the conference to Duo, a one-to-one video calling platform for mobile devices. Like the Allo app, Duo will be tied to a user’s phone number and it will work on both Android and iOS. Read more
As of November 20th, AT&T added support for Advanced Messaging and Video Calling.
T-Mobile is sending out updates for several Samsung Galaxy phones on its network, covering all the major flagship devices Samsung has released this year. This includes the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy Note 5. Read more
Remember when Facebook introduced video calling to its Messenger app back in late April? Well, the social networking company is saying that the feature is almost rolled out throughout the globe.
Facebook 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
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.
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 has just been updated to version 22.214.171.1247, 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:
- Improvements and new features:
- Calling interface updated
- Improved quality
- Enabled video calling for Samsung Epic 4G Touch
Here’s what the new calling interface looks like. Minimalist and classy.
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
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: