Skype for Android 2.0 with Video Calling Is Here
Article by George Norman
On 05 Jul 2011
Skype, the company that has been acquired by Redmond-based software giant Microsoft, has recently announced that it rolled out version 2.0 of its Skype for Android app. This is exciting news because this latest version of the app brings Skype Video Calling to the Google-developed Android operating system.

This means that with Skype for Android 2.0, users will be able to make 1-to-1 video calls to other users over Skype. Because the calls are made over WiFi or 3G, they are free (some data charges may apply); calls can be placed to Skype for Android, iPhone, Mac, Windows and internet-enabled TVs. For now, the following models support video calling: HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro and the Google Nexus S. Support for other devices will be added in the future.

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With Skype for Android 2.0 users can also call landline and mobile phones all over the world and send text messages to anyone, no matter where in the world that person is, at Skype’s low rates .

"We are committed to bring Skype Video Calling to as many platforms as possible and are delighted to deliver on this with our new updated Skype for Android app," said Neil Stevens, Skype's vice president and general manager for product and marketing. "With approximately 30 million concurrent users logging into Skype at any given time4 and making up to half a million simultaneous video calls5 , Skype for Android with video makes it even easier for users to share moments with their contacts wherever they are."

Apart from video calling, Skype for Android 2.0 brings another new bit to the table: a revamped interface. Version 2.0 has a new main menu that lets users easily navigate through contacts, access their Skype profiles, use the dial pad to make calls, and see their Skype Credit balances. There’s also a new mood message box at the top of the Skype app; the mood message box lets users share how their feeling or what they’re doing.

Skype for Android 2.0 is available for download on the Android Market and on Skype.com/m.




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