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 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]

T-Mobile USA WiFi calling is coming to Android

T-Mobile USA has announced that it will be rolling out WiFi calling to select models in its line-up of Android smartphones "in the coming months," allowing the handsets to route voice calls over WiFi rather than cellular networks.  The T-Mobile myTouch, Motorola DEFY and other devices will be able to make calls and send SMS messages via WiFi, using Kineto’s Smart Wi-Fi Application. The exact list of handsets that will support the app is unknown, as is the timescale for its availability.  Still, it'll be preloaded on the myTouch and DEFY, which are due before the end of the year and in time for the holidays respectively. Press Release:
T-Mobile Wi-Fi Calling To Be Available on New T-Mobile myTouch, Motorola DEFY and More Bellevue, Wash. — Oct. 6, 2010 T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced its continued innovation of Wi-Fi Calling technology with the upcoming availability of built-in Wi-Fi Calling solutions planned for a wide selection of Android™-powered smartphones, including the recently announced new T-Mobile® myTouch® and Motorola DEFY™ with MOTOBLUR™. A leader in bringing innovative and easy-to-use solutions to market to enhance indoor coverage for consumers and provide cost saving for businesses, T-Mobile hosts approximately 40 million Wi-Fi calls per month, a number that has grown steadily since the company launched Wi-Fi Calling in June 2007. In addition to consumers benefiting from enhanced coverage, T-Mobile business customers – from small business to multinational corporations – have long taken advantage of the company’s Wi-Fi Calling plan offerings, enabling them to take advantage of the enhanced coverage, as well as the opportunity for reduced domestic and international minute usage, increased enterprise mobility cost savings and improved productivity benefits this solution can deliver. Currently, T-Mobile offers Wi-Fi Calling on numerous devices including the Nokia E73 Mode™, BlackBerry® Curve™ 8520, BlackBerry® Bold™ 9700 and the new BlackBerry® Curve™ 3G. “T-Mobile’s expansion of Wi-Fi Calling to Android smartphones is an excellent innovation, and part of our ongoing initiatives on behalf of our customers to enhance indoor coverage,” said Torrie Dorrell, vice president, connected family products and services, T-Mobile USA. “This new execution of Wi-Fi Calling technology helps us ensure that our customers’ Android-powered smartphones can keep them connected to the important people in their lives where they work, live or play.” The implementation of Wi-Fi Calling for Android smartphones brings a new solution to a fast-growing mobile platform and broader range of smartphones for consumers and business customers. Powered by Kineto’s Smart Wi-Fi Application, T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi Calling for Android smartphones will be ready to use out-of-the-box, providing the ability to make voice calls and send SMS from accessible Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) access points across the globe in addition to the connectivity available through T-Mobile’s mobile network. The application will also include a tutorial for the benefit of first-time users of the feature. Availability Wi-Fi Calling for Android is anticipated to be available on a growing selection of T-Mobile’s Android-powered smartphones in the coming months. The new T-Mobile myTouch is expected to be available in time for the holidays, exclusively from T-Mobile USA in four colors —white, black, plum or red. Customers can visit http://mytouch.t-mobile.com for more information. Motorola DEFY with MOTOBLUR is expected to be available exclusively to T-Mobile USA customers in time for the holidays. For more information on Motorola DEFY with MOTOBLUR, customers can visit http://mytouch.t-mobile.com for more information.

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”

Fring coming to Android with support for all carriers

If you are an Android user no matter the carrier you are on and want a VoIP app that is better than Skype, Fring is coming soon. The app is carrier agnostic and will allow you to make calls to landlines from within the Fring IM app. The company is growing quickly and is said to be adding about a million new users monthly.

Fring is first to bring video calling to Android

With the upcoming release of the HTC EVO 4G, Samsung Galaxy S and Dell Streak, the need for video calling software will increase drastically. Yes, most of these devices will come with preloaded software that can handle this but this is Android and there always room for choice. Fring will be the first to offer video calling software to Android and it is capable of a lot more than just that.

Sprint EVO 4G won’t do simultaneous voice-data

Besides this being on Sprint, this single factor just ruled this phone out for me. I’m sure there are a few (a lot) of you that don’t really care about this. Looks like 4G will do nothing to change the fact that CDMA phones can’t do voice and data at the same time. I for one need my phone to have this ability. I use them both simultaneously almost every day. And this isn’t just some random rumor it has been confirmed by HTC themselves.
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