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Skype with Video Finally Released on Android

Maybe that title should say, “for select phones?”  Because Skype with Video has definitely been released on Android as of today, but yeah, only a select few devices can apparently enjoy it.  Phones (not tablets) running Android 2.3 and above can download and start blasting out video calls to all of their friends right now – sorry HTC Thunderbolt owners.

And I hate to bring up a sore subject, but I do want to point out that back in March when the Tbolt was announced, it was supposed to be the first device with this installed.  As we all know now though, after 3 or 4 delays, a leak by us, and an acquisition by Microsoft, that never happened.  Since it doesn’t have Android 2.3, you may not even be able to test it.  Here’s to hoping we get that update soon!

So what do we get with this new Skype?  Two-way video calling support (Nexus S, Desire S, Xperia Neo, and Xperia Pro), SMS, and a revamped UI.   

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Skype brings Video Calling to Android Phones

LUXEMBOURG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Skype today announced an updated version of its Skype for Android app – Skype for Android 2.0, bringing Skype Video Calling to the currently fastest growing mobile OS1.

“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.”

With the new version, users will be able to make and receive free2 1-to-1 video calls over Skype between their Android phone and other Skype contacts on the iPhone, Mac, Windows PCs and even TVs3. Skype for Android with video works over Wi-Fi or 3G data connections and can be downloaded for free from the Android Market or Skype.com/m using any phone browser.

“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.”

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 great Skype rates. All this comes with a complete redesign of the Skype for Android user interface. 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.

About Skype

Skype is a communications software whose purpose is to break down barriers to communication. With an Internet-connected device, families, friends and colleagues can get together for free with messaging, voice and video. At low cost, they can also call landlines or mobiles virtually anywhere in the world. Skype has recently introduced group video, allowing groups of more than two people to do things together whenever they’re apart.

Founded in 2003 and based in Luxembourg. Skype can be downloaded onto computers, mobile phones and other connected devices for free at www.skype.com.

  • Christine

    I downloaded this from the web to my Android phone (HTC Sensation) but can’t find it anywhere on my phone.  Can anyone help?  thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/QSMinSD Quatham Mumin

    Sigh.. I used to tell Android naysayers that the tales of fragmentation were greatly exaggerated.  It seems I shall be eating crow.  This crap is getting ridiculous with certain phones and android versions being able to run certain apps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/socaliabs Ali Pressly-Shemiran

    does this work with rooted roms that have gingerbread?  I have 2.3.4 gingebread rom and it doesnt seem to be working any thoughts?

  • John Partridge

    So when is Skype going to show some tablet love? 

  • Trollzlol

    i don’t understand why they just dont support all android devices.  i mean there’s only a handful that actually have front facing cameras.

  • http://twitter.com/Drstrange462 Thomas Ellis

    Looks like I’m rootin tonight.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/tmcarr89 Travis Carr

    Just flash the latest CyanogenMod 7.0 RC1.1… I just installed it on my T-bolt.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone tried this on a rooted Thunderbolt with dasBAMF 2.0+?

    • soundwave1026

      Tried it and no luck getting video to work.

      • Anonymous

        Boo. That sucks.

  • Timmah

    No OG Galaxy Tab!? WTF.

  • Jay

    does it work with rooted GB Rom on Thunderbolt?

  • http://www.youtube.com/lanech Lane Chaplin

    The video calling feature doesn’t work on the Nexus S 4G.  It must just be the original Nexus S.  Why? I don’t know.

  • d-roids

    blame verizon for delaying updates.verizon being run by a buncha control crazy dickholes. im betting the update is ready, it s just verizon making their cutesy little alterations to it. 

  • JTurner

    Just got my Droid Charge. Anyone know a good way for video calls? Great phone, by the way.

  • Pat Morton

    i just saved the links to sites that will help me root my thunderbolt and even install a gingerbread rom onto my thunderbolt. verizon is supposed to release official gingerbread today on june 30 but we all know how they are with update. so if official gingerbread is not released by today june 30 at 11:59 pm i’ll be rooting my thunderbolt and installing gingerbread myself tomorrow. unless i wake up to the new update

  • Kevinjackson726

    Glad I got the EVO 3D

  • Iramike

    I will be the first to admit that I would love to have Netflix and Hulu, and Skype with video on my Thunderbolt but I didn’t buy my Thunderbolt thinking about what is coming out, I bought it for what it did out of the box.I am not making an attack at anyone, or going after the haters. I am happy with the performance and if I get some new fun stuff then great, if not, that is what rooting and roms are for. 

  • Alan Paone

    Send one my way too! alanpaone at gmail.com

  • Alan Paone

    Send one my way too! alanpaone at gmail.com

  • http://profiles.google.com/jimmyg21 James Goldsmith

    Time out, I’ve been running SkypeMobile w/ video on my t-bolt for a few months now.

    a stock T-Bolt that is.

    • Anonymous

      The difference is that this is official (you presumably had the leak).

      • http://profiles.google.com/jimmyg21 James Goldsmith

        Ah yes, you’re 100% correct.

        That being said, why is every t-bolt user up in arms – the link is right up in the article. go get the leak mentioned and skype your angry little hearts out!

        • Anonymous

          The little turds would rather bitch and moan than use common sense.

  • Anonymous

     It seems to work fine on the Thunderbolt with BAMF 3.0 RC3 (Sensation/Shooter port).

  • http://maxtechnewz.blogspot.com/ max

    this reminds me of facetime but better hopfully google+ will relese hangouts for mobile

  • Anonymous Coward

    First it was Google Navigation, then it was Flash, Netflix, Hulu, and now Skype [I'm sure I missed several others].

    New features come out which require the latest version of Android and you don’t have it.

  • Anonymous

    No more invites till they open it back up.  Bummer!  http://phandroid.com/2011/06/30/google-invite-feature-has-been-shut-down-vic-gundotra-speaks/

    • Robert Eckhoff

      Post your gmail address – I’ll send you an invite.

      • Sadiemarie

        send me one.  sadiemarie30@gmail.com

  • ROUSELLBRANDON

    My leaked version works great…..I think its time to say good bye to VZW.

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp

  • http://twitter.com/solejunkie Sole Junkie

    I think I hate my Thunderbolt. Battery sucks ass…no updates and very few things are made for it. I miss my OG Droid.

  • Anonymous

    Been using it since the leak by DL…its great on the TB! Don’t know why other TB users don’t have it yet?

  • Guest

    People need to stop complaining about the TBolt not having Skype video chat. Go and download the version off the web that works. I did and it works GREAT with video chat!

    • Anonymous

      Yea its crazy…the link is sitting right on top there, yet people would rather whine instead of just downloading it. Skype w/ vid. works and has been working on stock TB! GET SOME!

  • Melantus

    *hops on his nexus s 4G* Yeeah this phone is so obsolete… Sure wish I got that T-bolt and Dinc 2… LOL!

  • Anonymous

    To me this makes NO F***king sense! Why are you NOT releasing Skype Video to the most popular device now with a FF camera? Verizon, Skype(Microsoft), and HTC GO TO HELL!!!

  • Anonymous

    I cannot put into words how frustrated I am about the whole Thunderbolt debacle…. uuuuuuugh!

  • Anonymous

    I cannot put into words how frustrated I am about the whole Thunderbolt debacle…. uuuuuuugh!

  • http://twitter.com/kevmueller Kevin Mueller

    Wow this would be great to have on my X, where do I download the front facing camera???? :-)

  • Mariobros27772

    What I find interesting is that on the Skype site advertising Android shows a Thunderbolt using video chat… I think Skype planned on having GB released on the Thunderbolt today or earlier

  • Anonymous

    It kills me that my wife’s VZW iphone has had 3g video calling on skype since day one, and this damn bolt “state of the art” superphone still doesn’t have it despite LTE.  WTF?!?!?!?!  This really pisses me off.  I hate the mention of fragmentation but damn it this is a perfect example.

    • Anonymous

      Is video calling really that important?  Really?

      • http://twitter.com/QSMinSD Quatham Mumin

        Is any of this smartphone crap really that important?  really?

        We could probably live without most of this stuff, but if we’re going to be paying good money for these advanced devices, it would be nice if they had the features that were advertised/promised.

        • Anonymous

          At least you use most of those features more than once.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shane-P-Lawson/42705493 Shane P Lawson

    FU SO much htc, verizon, and google who now owns skype! u guys contently bu**sh*T the public with ur lies and deceitfulness. You hype the THUNDERBOLT soly around this skype feature then not only do u release the phone without the feature u made such a big deal about it having but u then wait months and months finally relseae skype and its not even for the phone u promised the public. SO flipping shady company so full of SH*T and honestly if i ran into a mbr of verizon board of directors i would seriously spit in his face for not being a man of his word.

    • Bill Bob Knob

      I hate VERIZON you Co** SU**ERS! I want to jam my phone in my a&& and make you lick the **** off IT!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

        You sound like the kid with the remote control from Tosh.0.

    • tjhrulz

      Google doesn’t own skype Microsoft does, which is why this app is so impossible to have

      But you have my permission to kill Verizon, maybe then google could become a mobile phone carrier with only android phones and dominate them all with cheap plans. Hey a guy can dream right?

    • EC8CH

      “google who now owns skype”

      I think you’re confused.

    • Anonymous

      I’d pay to see that.

      By the way, how are things in your mom’s basement?

    • Anonymous

      LOL, you kids crack me up!  

      You do realize it would take you 20 minutes to install Gingerbread and Skype don’t you?

      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1140967   Not only is this Gingerbread but it is also a port of Sense 3.0. It is awesome, runs great and has great battery life! Of course you have to be rooted which will take another 20 minutes, but that is why we got the Thunderbolt in the first place.

      Instead of yelling at HTC which has no control over skype, just update your phone on your own and install everything you ever wanted. I read this thread and installed Skype right away and it’s awesome!

      And if you don’t want to, that’s cool!  I don’t care.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, settle down there gunslinger. Google owns Skype? What the hell news have you been reading?

  • http://silkyjay.com John Cantrell

    what happened to the google+ post?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QT7SXN5VGEK6QT3AMRGLM2XQ5A Andrew

      looks like they took it down, i was just invited but google isn’t taking any more invites right now so it doesn’t really matter..

      • Anonymous

        Plus there were thousands of Gmail addresses in the post… lol   Glad they took it down. I got my invite but was not allowed in. They got flooded a little too quickly and it may be a sign of good things to come!

    • TeflonBilly

      I was thinking the same thing.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeck7788 Josh Eck

    Boo Samsung, Boo HTC, Boo Motorola.  Geez, it’s like all Android users just want to have a reason to complain.  Updates will happen when they happen.  You demand and demand and demand, so the manufacturer’s push the update, and then bugs start popping up, and then you cry and you cry and you cry.  Calm down, enjoy life, your phone is fine, and if you don’t like it, buy a different phone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Perry/651895305 Ryan Perry

      If the mfg wouldnt mess with it so much it wouldnt be so buggy, stop adding so much worthless crap and let our phones be

      • http://profiles.google.com/jeck7788 Josh Eck

        Oh I agree, bloatware is like a crime, but we all knew that before we bought the phone, so why complain after the fact?  That’s like buying a Hummer, knowing that you’re going to get less than 10mpg, and start complaining about the cost of gas.

    • Anonymous

      Amen.

  • http://twitter.com/chairthrower Mike Richichi

    Xoom.  Anytime now would be nice.

  • http://twitter.com/smokes70 smokes70

    The front facing camera on my Thunderbolt…. it Mocks me…..

    • http://profiles.google.com/chasehammer Chase Johnson

      my front facing camera on my Droid 2…wait darn….

      • tjhrulz

        I am considering taking the camera off of my droid 2 and strapping it onto my OG droid (Works better than my droid 2 anyways) until I upgrade next month.

    • tjhrulz

      MAybe this is why Google made Google+, because it was tired of all these bulls**t annoying them and they can not do anything because of things like open source.

  • Robert Eckhoff

    Oddly enough via the Market Link provided – compatible with my Thunderbolt and not compatible with my Xoom.  

    • Ace87

      Skype will work, the video wont

    • tjhrulz

      Does it work? I will have my mom test it on her Inc 2 when I see her tomorrow

      • Robert Eckhoff

        Yes – with the exception of video calling.  Does that qualify as working?

        • tjhrulz

          I am gonna say no because that is just maybe the whole point of this update I think….

        • Anonymous

          Umm..no.

    • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

      It’s a one single Skype app. Video support requires 2.3, voice and text – doesn’t.

  • Bill Bob Knob

    GOOGLE+ is gonna take skype, facebook, and all others OUT!

    • Anonymous

      Good!

    • tjhrulz

      I really want it to, speak of which Kellen hid from us the post from last night, shame on you Kellen! It still works you are just more limited now…..very much so

      • Anonymous

        I can invite you if you’d like to Google+

        • tjhrulz

          I would love you for forever tjhrulz@gmail.com

          • Anonymous

            hey i just emailed you but the invite system is down now but it should be up in a couple hours. I’ll keep ur response in my inbox so i will remember

          • tjhrulz

            sweet if you can do it thanks again

          • Matthew Phillippi

            I hope I don’t trigger an avalanche of responses but I’d love one too. Matthew.phillippi@gmail.com

          • Anonymous

            anything for a fellow Droid-Life reader!

            sent you an email

          • Chris Mulliner

            I’ll be appart of this avalanch!

            May I have one, please? :D

          • Chris Mulliner

            I’ll be appart of this avalanch!

            May I have one, please? :D

          • Craigyoxall

            If anyone can Google+ invite a fellow Droid life reader I’d appreciate it very much

            Craigyoxall@googlemail.com

            8)

          • Logan

            Could you do it for Me as well (logan.c.lopez@gmail.com)

          • Logan

            Could you do it for Me as well (logan.c.lopez@gmail.com)

          • http://www.facebook.com/ben.beamer Ben Beamer
          • Anonymous

            i’ll check this post later tonight when the invite system is back online and send invites to all of you!

          • Jsn Whiteford

            im missed it last night too…can i get an invite pretty please?
            jsn.whiteford@gmail.com

        • Colin Zack

          could you invite me too? zackcm6@gmail.com

        • Viciousking1914

          viciousking1914@gmail.com, if you could, pleeeeeease

        • Anonymous
        • Sbarrett14

          Please!!!!!  sbarrett14@gmail.com

        • king minestry

          joshuakcarroll@gmail.com if you still sending them out

        • Matthew Dunn

          I would love an invite, please!
          mdunner28@gmail.com

        • Anonymous

          I would love a invite spikewmu@gmail.com

        • Hemitude

          Happen to have any invites left?
          hemitude@…

      • Matthew Dunn

        I would love an invite, please!
        mdunner28@gmail.com

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      I wish it would, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. I know way too many people that it was a pain in the ass to even get onto FB, that barely know technology, and that hate change and are married to FB at this point. I also know very few people that actually “hate” FB and are actively looking for a new social site. I’d say I could count them on one hand and I have over 300 friends on my FB that I all know in real life.

    • Anonymous

      Skype…maybe…but Facebook? NO….no status updates yet.!

    • John

      F YEA.. BUZZ IS GOING TO RULE THE SOCIAL NETWORKING WORLD.. oh wait.. 

  • Mjc2251

    Verizon has really dropped the ball on getting the update out before the end of Q2…heres to hoping its released today…wishful thinking.

  • Guest

    Is there even a good alternative to Skype for Thunderbolt users?

    • Anonymous

      Fring…

    • http://twitter.com/starnovsky Stan Tarnovsky

      You don’t need an alternative.
      Skype with video for TBolt is here: http://www.droid-life.com/2011/04/11/download-skype-with-video-on-android/

  • Anonymous

    Will it work on a rooted Thunderbolt running 2.3?

    • http://profiles.google.com/karbonkopy9 Timothy Reider

      Installed on mine and seems to be working just fine, but I haven’t tried a video call yet.

  • Gregb091

    F**k HTC for taking so long to release gingerbread on the thunderbolt, F**k Verizon for loading it with useless bloatware, and F**k Skype/Microsoft for making this release gingerbread only. /end rant

    • Anonymous

      Agreed wholeheartedly. Next phone is going to be straight up stock for me.

      • Anonymous

        Better make sure it’s a Nexus device. Stock phones (such as the G2) are just as behind on updates as we (non-stock users) are. 

        • Anonymous

          Right… hopefully this who phone maker/carrier alliance thing actually ends up help consumers (read: doubtful)

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

            Lol, that whole thing was a huge line of BS. Nothing has changed with deploying updates, nor will it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

            Lol, that whole thing was a huge line of BS. Nothing has changed with deploying updates, nor will it.

          • Anonymous

            …which is why you root. I trust XDA much more than I trust even HTC.

      • Anonymous

        Next phone might just be an iphone 5 for me, if they steal enough of android’s features.  Tired of “fragmentation” and lack of updates. Can’t believe I’m actually considering that.

        • Rayman411vm

          It’s not crazy… hold no loyalty to any company, product, or brand… they don’t have any loyalty to you

        • http://profiles.google.com/dominiccronshaw Dominic Cronshaw

          I love having my contacts and settings in the cloud.  I love having the ability to tether and not pay for it.  I enjoy the ability to use widgets, though I do so sparingly.  I enjoy having a phone with a fatty kickstand.  I’ve enjoyed rooting and ROMing (not a verb, please forgive…), but ya know….

          I also enjoyed plugging in my phone and having all my music sync with no inputs.  I liked having a GPS signal (damn you Thunderbolt!) in a flash, too.

          If the next iPhone is coming with 128GB capacity, I might forego my LTE addiction and head back to Apple.   Like durangojim, can’t really believe I’m considering that.

          • j2d2

            I could never give up the LTE now. It makes 3G look like a joke.

          • http://twitter.com/HenriDevious Henri Devious

            LTE or die, yo. lol

        • http://www.facebook.com/jonathanf Jonathan Fingas

          I know the feeling.  I like Android, but unless you get a Nexus S, it’s a total game as to what apps you’ll actually get to use.  Netflix?  Only a few phones.  Skype?  Only a few phones.  Even Google Wallet won’t fully work on all Nexus S phones, just the Nexus S 4G.

          There’s theoretical freedom, and there’s actual freedom.  Android is theoretically more open than iOS, but what good is that if you can’t run the app anyways without a hack?  And if companies actively block you from doing some things precisely because you’ve run that hack?

          iPhone 5 will have proper notifications, cloud syncing, Wi-Fi syncing, and a whole lot of other features, and it will almost certainly have a dual-core chip along with a better camera.  Pretty tempting if you’re not already heavily invested in Android.

      • http://www.facebook.com/redhillblood357 David Narada Brown

        Thats the only way to go. I went from OG Droid to Xperia Play both vanilla android both running most up to date OS. Its all i know.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, instead of all the anger why not simply install Gingerbread and Skype like the rest of us?

      It’s very nice! 

      I got my Thunderbolt because it could be unlocked which would allow me to not be shackled down. And it has delivered very nicely! 

      LOL  I get a kick out of so many people complaining about things that are so easily resolved…. :)

    • Alan Paone

      Its gingerbread only because gingerbread has built-in support for Front cameras. The reason all the other video calling apps have specific versions for different phones is because each OEM adds the front cam differently. Making it gingerbread-only means it should work on any gingerbread phone not just the ones they specifically support. F**k you, get gingerbread if you care so much.

  • Mentalspaz

    Boo, on the lack of TB love

  • http://profiles.google.com/karbonkopy9 Timothy Reider

    Installed to my Rooted TB just fine, lets see if it fires up.

  • Anonymous

    Amazing