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Skype gives video to Android

by on30 June 2011

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Skype today announced an updated version of its Skype for Android app, Skype for Android 2.0, meaning you can see where the person really is when they are calling you.

With the new version, users will be able to make and receive free 1-to-1 video calls over Skype between their Android phone and other Skype contacts on the iPhone, Mac, Windows PCs and TVs. Skype for Android with video works over Wi-Fi or 3G data connections and can be downloaded for free from the Android Market or using any phone browser.

Neil Stevens, Skype’s vice president and general manager for product and marketing said that the outfit wanted to get Skype Video Calling to as many platforms as possible. In addition to video calls, users can also make calls to landlines and mobiles around the world, as well as send SMS’s to friends and family anywhere in the world at Skype rates.

The Skype for Android user interface has been redesigned. There's a new main menu on the Skype app for Android where users can navigate easily through their contacts, access their Skype profile to change personal details or see the balance of their Skype Credit. Finally a new mood message box at the top of the Skype app menu makes it easier than ever for users to share how they are feeling, what they've seen, or what they're up to.

For this first phase of launch, handsets that support video calling include the HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro and the Google Nexus S.

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