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Skype Acquisition of Qik Completed

Qik has been an extremely popular mobile video chat, mail and sharing application since its introduction which leaves no room for surprise that Skype wanted to acquire the company and all their technologies. Now Skype has fully acquired Qik and all its properties now belong to the video chat giant.

HTC ThunderBolt System Dump and RUU – Leaked and Gigantic

Take a peek at the three part leak download of the HTC ThunderBolt REE and System Dump for your very own exploration - it's super big and huge and full of sweet junk. You'll have your own look at a batch of elements including a 140MB golf game, VZW items including: BitBop, Nav, MobiTV, Mogstup, Rhapsody, Rockband, Skype, Sling, UStream, VCast Music, and VCast Videos. Then there's a Blockbuster app, Adobe Reader, HTC items by the names of FM Radio, DLNA, and Greader (of which we'd love some more info on, to be sure.) Most of these are the demos, of course, and require you to purchase the full version for full functionality.

Android Skype HD video calling developed by NVIDIA for Tegra 2 devices

High definition Skype video calls could soon be a possibility on Android devices, with the news that NVIDIA has developed a Skype HD reference platform. However, you'll need a Tegra 2 based "superphone" or tablet in order to use it, since it relies on the dual-core chipset's HD processing abilities. Unveiled at NVIDIA's CES 2011 press conference today, and demonstrated on an Android-based tablet, the app will allow for cross-platform two-way HD video conversations between Tegra 2 based mobile devices and Skype's PC/Mac apps. It uses the SkypeKit SDK released in 2010. No word on when we can expect to see the app available, though we're presuming NVIDIA will be offering the tech to those buying chips. [via SlashGear]

LG Vortex Announced by Verizon, Available November 18

It's what they call "An Accessible Smartphone with Simple Solutions." Verizon, that is, announcing today the LG Vortex. It's a phone for first-time smartphone users looking to join and explore the Android world. It connects with 3G, it's sleek, and it comes in black or violet. It'll cost you $79.99 after a $100 rebate and a 2-year agreement. The cash, interestingly, will return to you in the form of a debit card, useable anywhere debit cards are useable. Plans on this phone begin at $39.99 monthly for talk, $15 monthly for 150MB data.

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”
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