Aug 04 AT 9:07 AM Anthony Domanico 44 Comments

Skype adds video calling capability to 17 new devices

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By now, you should all know about Skype, the immensely popular video-chatting service that allows users to have video conversations over the PC.  Though anyone with a PC and an internet connection can use Skype to it’s fullest potential, Skype’s Android application has only allowed video calling for a grand total of 4 Android devices. (Nexus S, SE Xperia Neo, SE Xperia Pro, HTC Desire S).

That’s all changing today. Skype has added support for a whopping 17 additional devices. The additional devices supported in today’s release are:

  • Acer A5
  • HTC Desire
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC Evo 3D
  • HTC Evo 4G
  • HTC Flyer
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • LG Revolution
  • Samsung Droid Charge
  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • Samsung GalaxyS II
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray

Skype’s video chat services are now being supported on 21 Android devices–benefit for current Skype users. It also provides an alternative to the current crop of video chat services such as Qik, Google Talk and Tango.

This is an interesting move, given the fact that Microsoft now owns Skype. And even though it’s not clear what they’ll do with it at this point, it’s obvious they’ll turn Skype’s focus towards other Microsoft products like Windows Phone. Eventually, Skype could very well become the default video calling app for Windows Phone. Whether or not that will affect the Android and iOS version of the product is yet to be seen. We hope we’ll continue to see a multi-platform approach to Skype.

What say you, readers? Are you planning to use Skype now that it’s supported on your device? Sticking with another video chat service? Don’t really care to use video chat at all? Sound off in the comments.

 

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  • Ben

    It’s about friggin time for my Thunderbolt. :-)

    • Slith

      Agree!

      • ayesha

        Hi

  • BiGMERF

    I was waiting for you guys to report this… I saw it early this morning and re downloaded SKYPE (I was using an apk from XDA) and it seems to working fine on my Sensation 4g.. I tried it with one other person so far and had no issues on wifi and a lil bit of lag on 3g/4g.. I am going to try it out for the rest of the day and see if I run into any issues.

  • Wanda Jay

    Skype is better on iPhone. Dunno just saying.

    • BiGMERF

      I am not going to be ignorant, A lot of apps on IOS are more refined.. But without starting debate I will tolerate it because things are getting better and the pluses definitely out weight the minuses

      • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

        More of a goblin than a troll this one as I can’t help but agree. BUT android is getting there. Has anyone tried this on HC yet?

        • BiGMERF

          not working on my xoom….

          • Mike C.

            Yearh, what about tablets? Cannot enable video on my Xoom.

  • honey

    What about GALAXY SL ???

    • kiran

      even i use sl. video calling is not working on sl.

  • Daniel

    Wait, they’re adding video calling to the original Desire? Heh, I guess I should get a OneMoreFace! http://images.frandroid.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/OneMoreFace.jpg

    (Curiously, they didn’t include the Nexus One in the list…)

    • BiGMERF

      No front facing camera on Nexus one

      • http://keridel.blogspot.com keridel

        None on the desire HD either but it is listed. Odd…

        Annoyed there is no tablet support yet. Just seems lazy..

      • Daniel

        I think you completely missed my point. The Desire doesn’t have one either. Also, its hardware is almost exactly the same as the N1, which is why I’m saying it’s curious they are getting different treatment.

  • http://blog.artesea.co.uk/ artesea

    As I get thousands of minutes I never use anyway on my mobile and have no friends abroad I’ve got no real use for Skype Calling. However my mum is 150 miles away and doesn’t get to see my daughter often, so using the Video Call once in a while without having to get the laptop out is useful.

  • TNP

    Awesome! And nice list. I’m curious as to how this adds video calling however since it requires Android 2.3 to enable the ffc now. The Thunderbolt doesn’t even have that yet. Why would I want to videocall with the back facing cam only?? Complete garbage.

  • Bob

    This allows for mobile to pc video chats, or only mobile to mobile?

    • BiGMERF

      Confirmed… Yes it does..

      • BiGMERF

        Works over 3g/4g also…pc to mobile that is

        • Bob

          Thanks!

    • shahzad

      I have a Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro mobile phone but before one month I was using the Skype video chat with computer but this time not done. Plz tell me the solution of my metter

  • Edgar Cervantes

    Finally!

  • Interpol91

    I rarely use Skype but when I need to I’m glad my device is finally supported.

  • freddayyy

    Doesn’t work on my Sensation 4G -_-

    • BiGMERF

      di you enable video? Works on my Sensation

  • CD

    Just upgraded to a Galaxy S2 (From a Nexus One) and this’ll come in handy.

    My other half has a Optimus 2x – anyone know if it works on the 2x?

  • caryb1969

    Why does it want a country code and what is it for the U.S.

    • http://youtube.com/user/jawckamoe Marcus

      +1 is the US country code

  • alex

    where is the mytouch 4g? skype u suck oovoo FTW

  • AME

    Just to address what you said about Microsoft…

    As far as the mobile market is concerned, Android is their biggest money-maker so it makes sense to keep Skype on that platform. I wouldn’t be surprised if Microsoft got deals going to get Skype shipped as the default video calling app on upcoming devices (for a small fee, of course!).

  • heeros

    Great, now Skype just needs to:
    1. enable saving of passwords for auto login
    2. allow editing of submitted messages
    3. disable calling someone automatically when selecting a missed call notification
    4. be able to join existing convos
    5. allow the use of wired/wireless headsets/headphones

  • cameron

    Is anyone else experiencing severe battery drain from this app? I have not use an older version so if this is common than ill just have to uninstall. I’m referring to battery drain while the app is running in the background and not in use. Phone is an Evo 3D

  • Chad Nordland

    I have received a little battery drain when using it at short times. But, like any app they all will drain your phone. Really wish the battery technology would catch up with these phones. Try using advanced task killer I have had that help with my battery.

  • feste

    Tried this with my N1 from pc to mobile via wifi and 3g in Canada to no avail. Enabled video but still no image. It doesn’t even get the image from the caller on the phone. Why is it taking so long for these guys to get this to work? Especially when fring has been doing it for years now !!!

  • Gan

    Hi,

    It is working for Galaxy S. I did install latest skype version 2.1.0.46
    But Vido calling option is not available.

    Any pointers, how to enable in Samsung Galaxy S

    Thanks
    gana

  • http://www.capprainternational.com George

    Hi There , i have skype on a galaxy S verything works fine but not video calls , what do i do wrong? can some one tell me how to install it correct , because i have already the last version of skype and firmware

  • Matthew

    sooo xperia play will get video calling for sure? but will it be wifi only?

  • kimchanvibol

    for xperia mini pro I’m searching on internet no see video call for skype? a u sure that video call skype supporting for xperia mini pro? i just see only xperia ray, neo….

  • john

    No the xperia mini x10 pro has no balls to run skype video with the Micky mouse 600mhz processor. You need to xperia mini x11 pro with its much faster 1ghz processor.

  • Ron Ruys

    Skype now works on 17 phones, too bad there are hundreds out there, I have bought a Android Phone running 2.2 Android Video calls won’t work for me, just audio, and then if someone calls me video, it crashes the phone. I would like to be able to use Skype but the way it’s going Google+ will leave them for dead soon, I can already usually Video Conference for free on my computer whereas Skype charge for it. Skype needs to keep up with the market

  • Evon

    The Skype video calling currently is not working on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. It does not bring up the video.

  • purple Goldy

    Pls does anyone know if skype video calling works for HTC myTouch 4G.