At the beginning of July, Skype released Skype for Android 2.0 with Video calling and support for four Android phones. Today Skype announced support for 17 additional Android phone models from Acer, HTC, LG, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. More details are at Mark Douglas’ post: Skype 2.1 for Android enables video on majority of Android devices. Mark also provides additional information on this release related to working with other Android phones and bug fixes.
Given all the publicity re Skype for iPad this week, it’s worth noting the following issue in the Release notes:
Video calling to the iPad 1 that is using the Skype for iPhone app is currently not working; the call automatically gets downgraded to an audio call.
One more reason to encourage iPad owners to replace Skype for iPhone with Skype for iPad.
As mentioned in the previous post linked above, battery drain probably remains a cautionary issue with Skype for Android. Once my contact who uses it on a Nexus S returns from a mini-vacation, I’ll look for more feedback.
The Skype Everywhere story continues to build.
- Skype for iPad: Post-launch Reprise (voiceontheweb.biz)
- Skype with video calling comes to Android 2.2 devices (zdnet.com)