Skype has rolled out a new version of its Android app with support for video calling on 17 more Android devices. The company says you can now make video calls on the “majority” of Android devices. Skype users can place free voice or video calls to other Skype users for free. You can also make relatively chap calls to domestic or international telephone numbers from Skype.
Odds are if you have a recent phone from HTC, Samsung, or Sony Ericsson, you should be good to go. A few phones from LG and Acer also made the list.
Unfortunately Motorola Droid phones, and my Google Nexus One aren’t officially supported. But there’s an option to enable or disable video calling on any device. If you’re using a phone that hasn’t been certified, you get a warning message letting you now that performance might not be all that good though.
Skype 2.1 requires Android 2.2 or newer, although only the rear camera on your phone will be supported if you’re using Android 2.2 Froyo. Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread is required for access to the front camera.
The company has also rolled out some bug fixes and other improvements, so if you’re currently using Skype on your phone you should probably update even if you have no interest in video calling.