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Skype for Android Update Brings Support for More Devices, Video Calls in Landscape Mode and More

Authored by: Steven Blum — Sep 29, 2011

Skype for Android has been updated, and we like what we're seeing (mostly). According to the official changelog, Skype's Android app now supports video calls in both portrait and landscape mode, and users can double-tap to zoom in on the person with whom they're talking.

Additionally, video chat has been drastically expanded to a bunch of new devices, including:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (T-Mobile),
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Live 
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
  • Acer Iconia Tablet (A500)
  • LG Optimus Black LANDSCAPE ONLY
  • LG Optimus 2x LANDSCAPE ONLY
  • Motorola Photon
  • Motorola Droid 3 LANDSCAPE ONLY
  • Motorola Bionic LANDSCAPE ONLY
  • Xoom Motorola
  • Motorola Atrix

Additional updates include:

  • Revised Recent view - conversations now grouped around your contacts.
  • Improved support for Bluetooth headsets.
  • In-client advertising. (Advertising will not be shown to users that have Skype Credit, a Calling or Skype Premium subscription.)
  • It is possible to edit and delete IM messages.
  • Skype will no longer restart in the background when you sign out.

Notice that third bullet point? It looks like Skype will be expanding their mobile advertising. At least Skype credit owners are exempted; the same cannot be said for Skype desktop users. Still, a pretty needed update overall. What do you think?


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Source: Android Police

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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