Skype for Android gets video chat capability

June 30, 2011
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Skype has announced that it has updated its Android app and the new update brings something that Skype fans have wanted on the Android platform for a long time. With the new update, Skype for Android now gets video calling. Video calls with the new app can be made between android devices and between Android users and iPhone users. Users of the Android app can also make video calls to PC users, Mac users, and TVs that support Skype.

The app still supports the ability to make voice calls to landlines and mobile numbers around the world too. It will also allow the Android user to sends SMS messages to friends and family around the world as well. The new app also brings with it a complete redesign of the Android user interface with a new main menu for easier navigating through contacts. The app also has a new mood box at the top that lets the user show how they are feeling.

The only caveats to the new app and the video calling feature is that you must be running an Android device with Android 2.3 or higher and obviously you need a smartphone with a front facing camera. Available handsets supporting video calling right now include the HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro and the Google Nexus S. Skype does say that it will roll out support for more handsets soon.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mubashir-Ayaz/100000608227955 Mubashir Ayaz

    Skype has updated its Android app bringing video calling to the
    smartphone party.The new version, Skype for Android 2.0, allows HTC
    Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo, Xperia Pro and Google Nexus S
    owners.
    http://www.bingarticles.com/2011/06/skype-for-android-gets-video-calling-update/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mubashir-Ayaz/100000608227955 Mubashir Ayaz

    Skype has updated its Android app bringing video calling to the
    smartphone party.The new version, Skype for Android 2.0, allows HTC
    Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo, Xperia Pro and Google Nexus S
    owners.
    http://www.bingarticles.com/2011/06/skype-for-android-gets-video-calling-update/

  • Maxentius

    What about the Incredible S? It’s the same hardware as the Desire S, but I doesn’t have the video call option.

  • Emil Engelman

    it will not install on the XOOM

  • jeremy zinn

    evo 3d here, and no video chat options WTF, google talk video chat cant come soon enough

  • jeremy zinn

    evo 3d here, and no video chat options WTF, google talk video chat cant come soon enough

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Muzamil-Clicker/100002305839289 Muzamil Clicker

    okay , nice info and great article i am searching from an hour but i got one more article on same topic
    check it too for more details … http://www.bingarticles.com/2011/06/skype-for-android-gets-video-calling-update/

  • Venusflytrp

    Well that’s great but can it run on 3.0?

  • Krislapot

    Here is a link Video Skype works perfect on my SGT with gingerbread 2.3.3
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/26653103/skype_2_0_0_45-signed.apk

  • Krislapot

    Here is a link Video Skype works perfect on my SGT with gingerbread 2.3.3
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/26653103/skype_2_0_0_45-signed.apk

  • Sntapper

    Running T-Mobile Android HTC Sensation. OS 2.3.3  SKype version 2.0.0.47
    Has front and rear facing camera
    Everywhere i read it states you can do video call with skype
    When i activate skype i have the option send IM, and make sype call, NO where do i see the option to do a video call,
    PLEASE ADVISE

    • Krislapot

      Uninstall youre skype first, then install the one from my dropbox and it should works

    • Sntapper

      thanks, worked like a charm!

  • Sntapper

    Running T-Mobile Android HTC Sensation. OS 2.3.3  SKype version 2.0.0.47
    Has front and rear facing camera
    Everywhere i read it states you can do video call with skype
    When i activate skype i have the option send IM, and make sype call, NO where do i see the option to do a video call,
    PLEASE ADVISE

  • Sntapper

    Running T-Mobile Android HTC Sensation. OS 2.3.3  SKype version 2.0.0.47
    Has front and rear facing camera
    Everywhere i read it states you can do video call with skype
    When i activate skype i have the option send IM, and make sype call, NO where do i see the option to do a video call,
    PLEASE ADVISE

  • Raja_jhs

    Hello there

    This News about Skype Video calling for Android is updated . Is it covering the 3.1 Honeycomb platform as in Galaxy Tab 10.1 ??

    • Krislapot

      It schould works on any android 2.3 and above.

    • Krislapot

      It schould works on any android 2.3 and above.

    • Krislapot

      It schould works on any android 2.3 and above.

      • Raja_jhs

        Hello there,
        is anyone there using the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with Honeycomb or any other apparatuse with Honeycomb 3.1 ; can confirm that Skype Video chat is effectively woring ?

      • Skbinwal

        No skype video chat is not working ib galaxy tab10.1 but i hope it would be fixed soon by skype

      • Skbinwal

        No skype video chat is not working ib galaxy tab10.1 but i hope it would be fixed soon by skype

  • Rissaroo1012

    How do I get the video calls on my 3.1 honeycomb to work?

  • http://www.kaawish.com Kate Chopin

    video calling feature was something of joy for android users but I have seen a lot of questions being raised about its use or working on honeycomb…

  • Grmdp

    Video does not work…

  • dk

    @kirslapot: doea your dropbx thing of skype work for htc salsa? (2.3.3 gingerdread)?