Android Gets Updated Skype

By Monica Gleberman December 14, 2011

Skype rolled out version 2.6 Tuesday for the Android mobile device, letting users easily send photos, recorded videos, and other files directly from the app to your contacts. The function works over both Wi-Fi and 3G data connections so users should never be disconnected from their service.

Based on the screenshot, the feature seems pretty user friendly and simple. Jaymar Cabebe, writer from CNET, agrees saying, “The features seem simple enough, and we’re sure it’ll be popular with anyone who regularly uses the Skype app.”

The update also features improved battery life and video quality on NVIDIA Tegra 2 devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Motorola XOOM, and the Acer Iconia Tab.

Previously video calling on the Skype App for Androids was severely limited. The company continues to test and expand support to their new products. Rue Liu, contributor to Slashgear said “When you first start up Skype on a new non-whitelisted device, the app will let you know whether video calling can be turned on,” said Liu.

Dan Chastney, a Skype senior product manager for the Android, said this update is all about simplifying consumers’ lives. “It’s now even easier to share those special moments with your loved ones or send files and view documents on the go while on a business trip,” Chastney wrote in the company blog.

Chastney said he couldn’t be more ecstatic about the new update. “We’re excited about these new enhancements, adding even more value to the things you can already do on Skype for Android like video calling, sending and receiving instant messages for free, or making calls to mobiles and landlines worldwide at great Skype rates. We’ve brought this out just in time for the upcoming holiday season, so you can share your special moments with your loved ones,” said Chastney.

The new version of Skype is available at the Android Market. Currently the software is rated 3.7 out of 5 stars with more than 300,000 users.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

Contributing Writer

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