Skype Extends Photo & Video Sharing to Android Users

Skype is a great online application which enables free communication between two computers. You can text chat or video chat using Skype. You can also call mobile or landline phones of any country from computer or mobile which have Skype installed in them. Of course, calling directly to a mobile or landline comes with premium subscription with Skype. Skype is extending and enhancing its features at regular intervals. On the other hand, Android based smartphones are dominating the current market. In order to better facilitate Android user community, Skype had announced an update and with the Skype version 2.6 for Android you can share photos and videos from your mobile phone.


The new application allows users a face to face talk (as it did before) and it is also possible to share the video on the front or rear facing cameras. The data transfer happens through 3G or Wi-Fi. As of now, the high quality video streaming can be experienced through Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. This facility will be available in future on HTC Amaze 4G, Motorola Droid 4 and Motorola Droid RAZR. The news may not be a welcome message for those who are already facing issues with Skype.

For those who are more concerned about making calls from Skype service, a facility that will help them call a phone quickly and at a cheaper price will matter most. Skype is being utilized for business communication. By adding other features like photo sharing and integrating with other applications like Facebook and WindowsLive, the major chunk of people who are strong dependants on Skype for phone calls may not enjoy the service with unwanted interruptions or disruptions.

Some users are facing battery issues when Skype is turned on their mobiles. Battery loss was as much as 30% when Skype runs (for a period of 12 hours) on a mobile. Because of battery issues many of the users cannot ‘turn it on‘ all through the day. A remedial measure can be the introduction of a new feature that will pop up a message when a user gets a message or phone call. As per the information from Skype, the latest application will not only provide better video quality but also will give you extended battery life. Video quality will be more if the device is equipped with NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset.

Skype is successful in building relationships between people by offering an easy and free application to communicate with people around the world. It is really an innovative venture which is being extended as happens with any application in general. With the extension of application features and being able to adapt to various hardware configurations and operating systems more users will come to its fold. The user base will definitely grow with the enhancements provided by the new application. Premium users are able to get extended features like being able to call landline phones or mobile phones directly. It is a good sign for Android users who can share photo, video and files among friends and family members through Skype.

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Deeptaman Mukherjee

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