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Skype 1.0.1 Update for Android Added Today

Popular talk and chat application Skype has just been updated to version 1.0.1, adding such lovely features as QVGA support and support for 320x240 resolution screens. This should pump up owners of Huawei IDEOS, LG Optimus T/S, Motorola Charm, and HTC Wildfire, who until now were workin without full functionality. Skype for Android has fixes and bug adjustments as well, a list of improvements to be found here below.

Samsung Galaxy Tab for Verizon Won’t be Getting Skype 3G Calling

The surprise that the US-based versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet device won't feature 3G calling support has probably worn off by now, but there's still a few surprises in store for those who may have thought something would have changed by now. (Especially considering the international versions of the tablet feature the ability to do it.) But, it looks like there's not a chance that you'll even be making any 3G calls over Skype, as the feature has been denied.

No Skype for Verizon Galaxy Tab at launch

A leaked Verizon training guide for the Samsung Galaxy Tab has revealed that the tablet will lack Skype support at launch, together with the carrier's V Cast and NFL Mobile apps.  The news, passed on by an Engadget tipster, comes as a disappointment, considering Verizon has blocked voice call functionality on their slate. The scrap of hope is in Verizon's wording, which suggests the three apps will be absent "at launch"; that implies a subsequent release, hopefully sooner rather than later.  Verizon's version of the Galaxy Tab will go on sale come November 11, priced at $599.99 with an optional contract-free data package.

Skype on KDDI Phones Starting in November

Let freedom ring your ringtone! Japanese phone carrier KDDI plans on offering Skype services for a select number of Android phones starting in November. As if it weren't enough today hearing news of their three new Android mobiles or their fabulous new Android-based Samsung Tablet, now we're getting news that voice-to-voice calls will essentially be free! Just so long as the person you're trying to communicate with is also signed up and signed on to Skype, you can call them up text without using up any of your monthly allowance or data plan.

Skype calls over 3G now available with a simple hack

The once Verizon excusive Skype for Android was made available to the masses earlier this week. The application will run on any Android 2.1 or above device and works on a WiFi-only basis. However, this has changed with a simple hack via xeudoxus of DroidForums. The hack, taking only around 15 minutes to complete, and only one simple download. To do so:
  • Download this apk
  • Copy and paste it to your memory card
  • Install using a fill manager application
That’s it, that is all it takes to get 3G Skype calling on your Android device. Now we are not sure of the ethics or legality of this “hack” but iPhone users have been calling over 3G, why can’t we... Right? [Via DroidForums]

Skype for Android arrives in Android Market

Skype has dropped into the Android Market, offering free Skype to Skype calls over GPRS/EDGE/3G or WiFi.  The app - which had previously been a Verizon exclusive - also allows users to make international calls at Skype's reduced rates, together with holding instant messaging conversations. There's also phonebook integration, the ability to see online statuses and incoming calls support. Unfortunately it's not perfect quite yet; Skype says there are some handsets, such as the Samsung Galaxy S, which are not currently supported. It's a 8.56MB download available free through the Android Market. Update: Skype has released the video you can find below, but also confirmed that Skype for Android will only work over WiFi in the US and requires an Android 2.1 device or higher. [youtube nYVYJJES1_w] Press Release:
Skype for Android™ Now Available LUXEMBOURG, 5 October 2010 — Skype today announced the release of Skype for Android™, a client for mobile handsets, built for smartphones running Android OS version 2.1 or above. With this latest release, the majority of smart phone users globally will now be able to experience the benefits of Skype on the move using either a WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G). Skype for Android is downloadable for free from the Android Market or consumers can visit www.skype.com/m to find out more details about how to get the application. Skype for Android enables users to: Make free Skype-to-Skype calls over WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G)* to other Skype users anywhere in the world using Skype’s SILK codec for CD-like audio quality. Make low rate Skype calls to landline or mobile phones Send and receive instant messages to one or a group of friends on Skype Synchronize contacts between Skype and the native address book and after synchronization place Skype calls directly from the native address book. See when Skype contacts are online and available to call or chat Easily import names and numbers to the Skype application from the native address book Receive calls on their Skype online number Mark Douglas, Product Manager of Android said: “The Skype experience is ubiquitous today. More and more people are using Skype to do things together when apart. With the addition of Android, we are pleased that Skype is now available on three of the most popular mobile platforms today: Android, iOS and Symbian”

Skype for Verizon is Available Today

The wait is finally over for all you Verizon customers, Skype is now available for use will select Verizon phones including their entire lineup of Android’s. Starting this morning, you can visit the Skype Mobile site and download the app right to your phone.

Skype Android developer role tips full VoIP app

Exciting times ahead; not only is SlingPlayer for Android confirmed for a Summer 2010 release, but Skype look to be getting serious about VoIP on Android too.  A new job listing on the company's site calls for an Android developer to work on "delivering Skype solutions on Android OS based mobile platforms." While there's already an official Skype app in the Android Market, it doesn't yet offer the full range of VoIP functionality desktop users are accustomed to.  Instead of carrying voice calls over a data connection, it instead dials into a local number, bridging those calls to national and international users for reduced fees compared to your carrier. This new role, meanwhile, suggests that Skype are getting more serious about their Android VoIP proposal, and leaves us quietly hopeful that we'll see a full, data-based app from them at some point in the near future.
The Brief Your role will be developing the Skype application on the Android platform. You will be working within Skype's development organization, with both the architects and other developers, creating the solutions to fulfil Skype's mobile strategy. Most important for us is that you are a good and competent developer. It is obviously a great plus if your expertise areas are in mobile runtime platforms, services and networks and an understanding of the possibilities and limitations they offer. Key Responsibilities
  • You will be a developer in the team responsible for delivering Skype solutions on Android OS based mobile platforms
  • Participating in estimating the workload for the team and architectural discussions
[Thanks Cumulus Nimbus!]

Verizon explains Skype Mobile Visually

Coming off their recent deal with Skype, Verizon has now put together a short video discussing all the great things you can do with Skype Mobile. Starting this month the Droid, Droid Eris, and Devour handsets will come loaded with the "new" feature that allows for calls anywhere in the world without using minutes. Skype Mobile will surely be added to every upcoming Android device from Verizon.
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