Skype adds video calling for Android
Simon Telford / 5 years ago
Even with the recent takeover by Microsoft, Android users of Skype will be pleased to learn that video calling has just been added to its repertoire on their mobile platform.
Video calls are possible over both 3G and Wi-Fi, although the quality may not be as good when using 3G and of course there are still the data charges that may be incurred when using Skype on a mobile data connection.
Video calls can be made to users of Android, Windows, Mac and iPhone Skype as well as others without any special configuration.
“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 vice president and general manager for product and marketing. “With approximately 30 million concurrent users logging into Skype at any given time4 and making up to half a million simultaneous video calls5 , Skype for Android with video makes it even easier for users to share moments with their contacts wherever they are.”
The introduction of video calling has occurred at the same time as an overhaul to the entire Skype interface for Android. It is hoped this new interface will be easier to use.