They say – “He that can have Patience, can have what he will”; and that finally came true for Andoid, which is now the new home to Skype. The most recent development has Skype on Android that allows its users with specific droid phones to video chat. That puts Skype as a sort of a de facto standard across mobile platforms.
This has put Android users on the same level of functionality as their iOS counterparts. iOS Skype users have been able to benefit from the video calling service since December. Skype is the biggest video calling software across the globe and has around 30 million estimated users. About half a million simultaneously make video calls, which is an option available to Android users after waiting for a long time.
The new app lets Android users receive and make free Skype one-to-one calls. Skype for Android users has been redesigned with a new main menu that allows easy navigation through contacts, access to the Skype profile and regular updates on the Skype credit balance. The mood message box also acts as a status update box that lets friends know what’s on your mind. This software will work on 3G as well as Wi-fi connections.
Android is now among the few devices that allows Skype calls, along with HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia new, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro and Google Nexus S. But, this leaves out a lot of biggies and creates a sort of an elite group of Skype enabled phones. They could have waited to test the technology on other phones and then released the software simultaneously.
“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 VP & GM for Consumer.
This is obviously good news for the smartphone industry that can now look forward to Skype installing its software in their phones as well. Skype too said in a blog post that it plans to support more devices “very soon”. This move will definitely inspire makers of phones based on Google’s Android software compete with Apple’s FaceTime video-calling service for iPhone and iPad 2 tablet and Mac computers.
It remains to be seen where Skype wants to take its technology, because there is no smartphone that will say no to such a popular software with so much scope for progress.