Skype users, you may want to head on into the Android Market to pick up the latest release of the app that just went live. You will find things like a more polished UI and better video quality while chatting on Tegra devices, but the real show stopper here is the newly added ability to share things. And when we say “things” we mean files, pictures and even videos with your closest friends from across the globe. The sign in and out process has also been simplified, along with improvements to voicemail.
Skype on Android received an update tonight that brought in support for 14 additional devices including the DROID Bionic and the Motorola XOOM. Tablet support was something that had been missing up until now, so this is pretty big news. You can now Skype away with your friends, loved ones and stalkers from just about every single Android device you own.
Full list of new devices:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (T-Mobile)
HTC SHOOTER (KDDI)
Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
Acer Iconia Tablet (A500)
LG Optimus Black LANDSCAPE ONLY
LG Optimus 3D LANDSCAPE ONLY
LG Optimus 2x LANDSCAPE ONLY
Motorola Droid3 LANDSCAPE ONLY
Motorola Bionic LANDSCAPE ONLY
T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 10.1? Didn’t T-Mo just tweet about that possibly coming some time down the road? I guess we know now that it is just around the corner.
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.
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…)