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Updated Skype app brings video calling to Android smartphones

Skype adds long awaited features

Skype has announced updates to the Android app that now offers users free Skype-to-Skype video calls that work over WiFi or 3G on a mobile data plan, bringing video calling to different Android devices which users have longed for.

Skype 2.6 for Android allows users to send photos and videos to their friends and family members from their Android device for free and continues to offer free voice calls between Skype users regardless of what device they are on, be they smartphones or computers. The app allows users to talk face to face or show what users are seeing with front and rear facing cameras.

“As well as bringing you photo, video and file sending, we’ve also improved battery life and video quality with Skype 2.6 for Android on devices using NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chipset, which include amongst others; the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola XOOM and Acer Iconia Tablet. Now you can take full advantage of the big screen with better video quality than ever before,” said Senior Product Manager, Dan Chastney.

Chastney continued, “We are also working hard to extend the list of whitelisted devices for video support. These handsets have been tested by Skype’s Engineering Team to ensure the best possible video experience. Latest additions include the HTC Amaze 4G and Motorola DROID RAZR. In general, almost anyone with an Android device running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or above can try out Skype video calling for free*. We’ll let you know if you can turn on video calling when you first start up Skype on a non whitelisted handset.”

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