HTC released an ad today talking about all of the innovations we see through their line of smartphones and the one that we can’t seem to get away from, the Thunderbolt, has a starring role. When the phone appears at the 23 second mark, video chatting through Skype Mobile is the highlight and one of the major selling features that Verizon couldn’t stop talking about when announcing it at CES. It definitely looks amazing, but is it also the reason for an apparent delay? (more…)
The good news is that the HTC Thunderbolt will be one of the first devices on Verizon’s new 4G LTE network to utilize Skype’s new video chatting feature and also act as a mobile hotspot for up to 8-devices. The bad news is that it won’t have either at launch according to information we just received from Verizon. As you can see in the shots above, the hotspot feature will be unavailable initially which means we have no idea when it’ll be ready. Skype’s video chatting on the other hand will look like it’s pre-installed on the device with a placeholder icon, but users will have to wait to be notified before they can actually access it via download from the market.
We’re not sure if both apps that control these features aren’t ready, or if we should pull out the i*hone theory that we’ve been working on for a couple of days now. Any chance you’d buy an argument that certain features would be held back as to not compete with Apple’s phone that is scheduled to come out just 2 weeks before the Thunderbolt? We’re not usually one for conspiracy garbage, but the shot above also mentions again that the TBolt does simultaneous data and voice over 3G, but that reps should not be using it as a selling point. Maybe it’s just all one big coincidence.
We should make it clear that if you are due for an upgrade that none of this news should be holding you back from purchasing one. The Thunderbolt is going to be one of the best devices on Verizon for a long time and these features will all be there within no time, we’ll just assume they had a couple of setbacks.
Android developer Xeudoxus, one of the visionaries behind Dark Edge, has taken the Skype Mobile Android application and ever-so-slightly tweaked it to now allow you to make calls over 3G. To Verizon customers this isn’t that big of a deal as the VZW Skype already allows this, but to users who downloaded the newly released U.S. version for other phones and carriers, just know that you will no longer be locked into wi-fi-only calls.
*You DO NOT need to be rooted.
Install as you would any other application. Download, tap “Install” and run it.
Skype announced today that it has opened up its Android app to all phones running 2.1 or higher. While Verizon customers with a Droid have been using the service for months, the rest of the world can now take advantage of free Skype-to-Skype action, text messages, low rate landline/mobile calls, etc…
- Make free Skype-to-Skype calls over WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G)* to other Skype users anywhere in the world using Skype’s SILK codec for CD-like audio quality.
- Make low rate Skype calls to landline or mobile phones
- Send and receive instant messages to one or a group of friends on Skype
- Synchronize contacts between Skype and the native address book and after synchronization place Skype calls directly from the native address book.
- See when Skype contacts are online and available to call or chat
- Easily import names and numbers to the Skype application from the native address book
- Receive calls on their Skype online number
Full press release at Skype’s website. Grab it from the market now.
An update to Skype is available and at first glance seemed like it included one major update, calls over wi-fi! Well if you read the description of this update a little closer, you can see that you can still only makes calls over 3G, but it will no longer kick off your wi-fi as it did in previous versions. While this is a much needed update, many of you will be disappointed to not have an option for wifi-only. Sorry folks!
In the market now.
Cheers pyroholtz from the forums!
Remember that OTA update for the Droid Incredible we told you about that will include 720p video recording, a new boot animation, and a mobile hotspot app? Well rumors have it dropping on your DI tomorrow/today. Yep, tomorrow/today July 16th.
I can’t confirm the date, but I can confirm all of the goodies that are included. Those screenshots above, yeah those are from my Incredible. Let me just say that the new boot animation is a version of that first DI commercial that flashed all of its features and it definitely has 720p recording plus some mobile hotspot fun. Skype is now included, a My Verizon app and some updated widgets. It’s not Android 2.2, but it’s definitely going to bring this device up to speed with some of the rest of its competitors.
Everyone ready your Incs!
Rumor Source: Android Forums
With zero 2.1 update news to toss at you, we might as well keep the Skype talk alive all day right? For those of you just checking in, Skype launched right on time last night at midnight and generated all kinds of early excitement. That excitement however, appears to have been pretty short lived once everyone actually had a chance to open the app and notice the “Skype mobile does not currently work on WiFi” message. Not a misprint. (Say what?)
My initial reaction was, “Who cares? We get 3G everywhere!” So I posed a question on Wi-Fi importance to Twitter and also checked out the comments on both our poll today and the original Skype post and am now turning to the Skype and Verizon screwed up side. Here are a couple of questions to ask yourself…
What if I wanted to use Skype for its IM feature and I’m at home using Wi-Fi? I guess I can’t.
What if I travel overseas and have no cell coverage? Out of luck.
What if I’m off in the boonies with no coverage except the Wi-Fi at Billie Bob’s Chicken Fry? Too bad.
What if I’m at work in a basement cubicle with terrible coverage? No soup for you!
What if I’m at home with no coverage and my wife BlackBerry Skypes me? S.O.L.!
Seriously no Wi-Fi? Does the “does not currently” message mean that it will eventually?
As many have already pointed out, there is a handy little app for free in the market called Fring which works over both Wi-Fi and 3G with your Skype account. Oh, and it also allows you to connect to almost any IM program that you currently use. Cha ching!
Skype dropped at midnight and so far, people have been flocking to at least check it out and give it a mini-test drive. We did the same and think it’ll be useful as long as we can talk the rest of our friends into buying smart phones that support it. There is also some concern about the removal of wi-fi while using it. So how are you feeling about Skype?