Has Facebook made plans to add in video chatting to their newly released Messenger app on Android and iOS? That’s certainly the word on the coding street. According to an astute reader over at 9to5Mac, some of the features have already been built in – or at least the initial pieces are. And it would make sense seeing as FB and Skype teamed up just a couple of weeks ago to bring video chatting to the masses.
Does anyone find themselves lusting after another video chatting app? (Yes, that was sarcasm.)
Hard to believe, isn’t it? The HTC Thunderbolt, the device that was supposed to kick off the Skype with Video campaign back in March is just now receiving it almost a month and a half after it was released to the Android Market. The Skype team didn’t just stop there though and actually added 17 other top devices including the DROID Charge, LG Revolution and Samsung Galaxy S II to the supported list. It looks like they’ve adopted the same model as Netflix (slowly but surely), but we’ll admit that we are still happy that it’s making its way onto some of our favorite phones. (more…)
Thankfully we released a version of Skype with Video that will work on Thunderbolts, but that doesn’t make the multiple sightings of it on Skype’s website any easier to handle. Since the device is still not running Android 2.3, even though HTC told is it would be ready some time in Q2 (which ended yesterday), there is no official support for it at this time.
Do we have any idea when we’ll get it 2.3 or Skype on the Tbolt? Not really. Skype appears to be ready to pull the trigger, but can’t without it being updated to 2.3 – I guess we’re looking at you HTC.
Cheers to everyone who sent this!
Skype with Video was finally announced this morning, but the HTC Thunderbolt was unfortunately missing from its list of supported devices. Thanks to our buddy 0mie though, Tbolt owners are now semi-supported. Our devices are all running Android 2.3 (which is a requirement according to Skype) and work flawlessly, but that doesn’t mean 2.2 phones will work. So to those of you unrooted, stock and on 2.2, please test the file below and let us know if it works.
Download: TBolt_GB_Skype.apk [mirror]
And let’s not forget that the 2.2 Skype with Video that we leaked should still work.
*Works on Galaxy S II, Charge, EVO3D, Sensation and Thunderbolt running 2.3.
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. (more…)
Update: Sounds like the majority of folks think these are fake. What grabbed my attention about this story though, was the June 30 release day that also came with their report – we heard the same exact date, but from a very trusted source. Pics do indeed appear to be fake or at the very least, poorly put together. Stay tuned…
This couldn’t have popped up at a better time from our friends over at Android and Me – we received the exact same tip last night, although their visual evidence is a lot prettier. According to friends of ours at Verizon, the HTC Thunderbolt could start to receive Gingerbread (Android 2.3.4) by June 30 and it will include Skype with Video. Yep, the same Skype that seems to have disappeared from the world even though there have been working versions floating around behind the scenes for months.
Verizon and HTC may not be stopping there with video chatting applications though – the internal documents that have been leaked mention that Gtalk with Video will be added as well. As many of you know, the video side of GTalk has only been available (officially) to the Nexus S, so we’re a little surprised to see the Tbolt get it next but won’t be complaining.
The phone could also be upgraded to Sense 2.1, which is not the fancy new version that we are seeing on the Sensation and EVO 3D, but does include some additional features that really round out the skin.
Pretty big news on a Saturday. I guess we’ll all stop worrying about that MR2 update? (more…)
So much for those rumors last week that Google would be buying up the calling giant, I’d say. Microsoft announced this morning that their acquisition of Skype for $8.5 billion has become official. It’s looking like they plan to incorporate Skype’s service into a number of their products, but all we care about is Android, right? Well, the press release specifically mentions that they “will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms” so no need to worry yet kiddies.
Full presser below. (more…)
HTC Thunderbolt owners have been waiting semi-patiently for Skype with Video to be released from Verizon for over a month now and still aren’t sure when it’s coming. There were rumors of it being delayed and then on-again all during the pre-launch of the phone, but after a version leaked out a couple of weeks ago that appeared to be pretty finalized, it seemed as if we were just waiting for them to tap “Go.”
According to the email you are seeing above from a Skype CSR, that is most definitely the case. Skype creates and finishes the different versions of their apps and then Big Red gets to decide when they are released. Since they have a massive partnership that began last February, we shouldn’t be all that surprised by this, but we’re just wondering what the hold up is at this point.
You may remember that Skype issued a vulnerability fix to their non-Verizon app last week, but we’ve been told that the version with video has also already been updated to patch any security holes. In fact, they have updated the app at least 5 times in the last month, which could mean that they are still tweaking things, but is also a pretty good sign that we should be getting close to a release.