Many Android fans in the U.S. have been waiting for Skype since it was a Verizon exclusive, but today it was announced that all phones running Android OS 2.1 or later can grap the app from the Market.
Before you get too excited, be warned that the app comes with some limitations. Most notabe is that in the US, Skype for Android only works over a WiFi connection. Users in other countries can makes calls over a mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G), so it appears the U.S. carriers stepped in to block this feature.
If you browse the comments left in the Android Market, you will also see that most people are having problems with the latest version of Skype. Users are experiencing issues signing in and it does not appear that Skype works on Samsung’s Galaxy S phones. It should also be noted that Skype for Android still does not support video calling (a feature we got from Fring awhile ag0).
Download Skype and let us know what you think. Is this app worth it without the WiFi calling feature? How do you think it compares with Fring?
Skype for Android enables users to:
- 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