Skype video calling comes to Android, sort of

Skype video calling comes to Android, sort of

Summary: Skype has rolled out a new version of its VoIP software for the Android platform that brings video calling to the table. If you own one of four phones, that is, and not all variants of those.

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Skype has rolled out a new version of its VoIP software for the Android platform that brings video calling to the table. Well, it does if you own one of only four Android handsets currently: HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro and the Google Nexus S. That's not very many of the dozens of Android handsets on the market, but owners of other phones will have to wait for support in the future.

"We are committed to bring Skype Video Calling to as many platforms as possible and are delighted to deliver on this with our new updated Skype for Android app," said Neil Stevens, Skype's vice president and general manager for product and marketing. "With approximately 30 million concurrent users logging into Skype at any given time and making up to half a million simultaneous video calls, Skype for Android with video makes it even easier for users to share moments with their contacts wherever they are."

Seeing the limited supported handset list this morning, I felt all clever that I have recently switched to the Nexus S 4G on Sprint to get early support for software like Skype. That clever feeling soon dissipated as no matter what I did I couldn't get a video option on the Nexus S 4G. Turning to the Skype support forum soon confirmed by the Skype folks that video calls on the Nexus S 4G are not working with this new app. Support for the Nexus S 4G should appear in the next version of Skype, but no timeframe has been offered.

We are sorry, the Nexus S 4G is not yet supported. We plan to support it in the next release.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Android, Collaboration, Google

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  • No support for my Epic 4G either

    The phone works fine with qik. There is no reason why it shouldn't be supported.
    toadlife
  • RE: Skype video calling comes to Android, sort of

    I'm new to Android phones, but it strikes me odd that a feature would be rolled out model-by-model. Is there no common platform between these phones? It just seems bizarre (or I suspect, corrupt).
    rgcustomer@...
    • No this is exactly why android sucks so bad. Youll be lucky if it or

      anything else, or even android updates ever come to your phone. EVER. The android upgrade model is called "BUY A NEW PHONE". This helps google inflate the activation numbers.
      Johnny Vegas
      • This model seems to be pricy if to impement it for each time you want Skype

        @Johnny Vegas: ..., Hulu or Netflix, et cetera.
        DDERSSS
  • Seems to me ...

    Seems to me that this exposes a serious design flaw in the Android OS driver model if the software needs to know specifics of the actual hardware instead of getting video from an abstract driver -- which should only depend on the Android OS version.

    I'm not a fan of the video4linux2 driver model but if you are lucky enough to have hardware with a working v4l2 driver, it abstracts the hardware nicely.

    Or is it Skype's new Microsoft Overlords throwing a monkey wrench into the Android works?
    wkulecz
    • RE: Skype video calling comes to Android, sort of

      @wkulecz I agree. There ought to be a standard front-camera object for every model with an identical interface. The software developer should not have to write different code for each model of phone.
      AlanLaRue
  • RE: Skype video calling comes to Android, sort of

    I was thrilled when I heard that Skype mobile video chat was available for my Verizon 4G LTE Thunderbolt...until I tried it. More...http://hookedondroid.com/skypemobilevideochat.html
    Rainyghost