Aug 04 AT 9:07 AM Anthony Domanico 44 Comments

Skype adds video calling capability to 17 new devices


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.


Via: This Is My Next

Source: Skype

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