Skype for Android

Skype has rolled out an updated Android app that adds support for 14 new devices — including a couple of tablets running Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb and up. Skype 2.5 is the first version of the voice, video, and text chat app that supports video calling on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola XOOM, and Acer Iconia Tab A500.

The new app also adds support to video calls to the Google Nexus One and a couple other phones. What’s significant here is that the Nexus One doesn’t actually have a front-facing camera. This means you can see the person you’re talking to, or share the view from your rear camera. But you won’t be able to conduct a face-to-face call on the Nexus One.

If you’ve been using Skype on your device without any problems though, you might want to hold off on the update — since Skype 2.5 is also the first version of the company’s Android app to include in-app advertising. If you’re a paying Skype subscriber you won’t see any ads. But if you only use the software to make free calls to other Skype users and haven’t bought Skype credit to use with premium features such as placing calls to telephone numbers, the old app is ad-free. The new app is not.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

5 replies on “Skype adds support for Android tablets, additional phones”

  1. Hey Brad the press release doesn’t actually say Iconia A500 does it?  It just says “Iconia”.  I can’t get any Skype video on my A500.  Perhaps they meant to say “Iconia A5” the Acer smart phone?

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