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Skype v2.5 adds video calls to Galaxy Tab 10.1, more

Skype has updated its Android app to add video calling to more  smartphones and tablets, with v2.5 adding support for 14 more models. Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Google Nexus One and Motorola DROID 3 are notable models, though the ATRIX and LG Optimus 3D also make an appearance. In addition to the new devices, Skype has also added the ability to switch between portrait and landscape orientations while within a call, as well as zooming by tapping the display. Bluetooth headset support has been improved, and the app as a whole should be more bug-free and faster.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • HTC Nexus One
  • HTC Shooter
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
  • LG Optimus Black
  • LG Optimus 3D
  • LG Optimus 2x
  • Motorola Photon
  • Motorola Droid 3
  • Motorola Bionic
  • Motorola Xoom
  • Motorola Atrix
  • Acer Iconia
On the downside, Skype has introduced advertising with this release, just as on the desktop versions for PC and Mac. You can bypass the adds if you have some Skype credit, however. Skype for Android v2.5 is a free download from the Android Market.

Nexus S 4G gets video calling with Skype hotfix

Last week was big for Android users that are also fans of Skype. Video calling finally came to the Skype app on Android. The downside was that only a few select smartphones got the Skype video calling update. The update to the Skype app brought video calling to the HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro and the Google Nexus S.

Skype for Android gets video chat capability

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.

Official: Microsoft to Acquire Skype

SlashGear mentioned early this morning that there was word that Microsoft would be purchasing Skype and that the official announcement was to be made this morning. That official announcement has just landed. Microsoft has officially said that it will be acquiring Skype, and the deal is very far from cheap for Redmond. The purchase of Skype will cost Microsoft $8.5 billion in cash. The cash for the purchase comes from an investor group led by Silver Lake. The boards of both Microsoft and Skype have agreed to the purchase.

Skype Video for Android ready & waiting on Verizon

Word on the street is that Skype has finished testing it's Video feature on Android handsets and is waiting for Verizon to distribute. The news came from a support reply to a query by Android user "Dmitri." The issue is that Verizon controls updating of Skype to phones on their network and as such, users have to had to wait patiently for it. Skype has a partnership with Verizon, so it makes sense that they wouldn't release it without Verizon's "check."

Skype takes action, removes vulnerabilities

If you're following the scoreboard, last week we reported that Skype for Android had a vulnerability which allowed a third party to harvest a user's data without their consent. Skype replied that they were taking action, but didn't tell us what it was. Now we know. Skype has solved the issue for now by removing the ability of a hacker to do so. And there's more ...

Skype Android update enabled 3G VoIP in US

Skype has updated its Android app, with the biggest change being that VoIP calls are now supported over 3G in the US. Previous versions of the app had limited 3G voice calls via Skype to WiFi connections, though only in the US; now, it seems Skype has wrangled access from the carriers for all. Skype for Android v1.0.0.983 also tweaks some security issues identified recently, but it's the 3G functionality that makes the biggest difference. Previously only the Verizon-specific version of the app had allowed data use of VoIP. You can download Skype for Android from the Android Market; at time of writing the updated version isn't showing in the online Market. It's a free app.
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