Skype for Android
It’s not every day that you can write about a brand new Skype experience – and this is one that you’ve been asking us to deliver for a while.
Before continuing to the details about the application I would like to thank publicly all of Skype’s internal and external Closed Beta testers who have done a great job in helping us to make sure that the application works well.
Get Skype for Android on your device by visiting the Android Market, or browse from the device to skype.com/m, or for more info, visit our Android page.
You will need to install Skype on your device’s internal storage.
Please let us know what you think about Skype for Android by commenting on this blog post or by talking with us on our forums.
Skype for Android should provide a good Skype experience on Android phones with operating system 2.1 or newer. Skype has been designed to run on phones with 600 MHz or faster CPUs and with screen resolutions of 480×320; 800×480; 854×480.
We have been focusing on following devices when testing Skype for Android:
* HTC Desire
* HTC Legend
* Google Nexus One
* Motorola Milestone XT720
* Motorola Milestone
Skype may work on devices which do not meet the required hardware specification, or which aren’t in the list above, but we can’t guarantee the experience.
Skype 188.8.131.528 for Android supports following features:
|Account creation||Users can initiate the process of creating a new account from Skype for Android|
|Connectivity||Skype can be connected via Wi-Fi, 2G (EDGE/GPRS), 3G or WiMax network.|
|Language support||Skype can be used in following languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japan, Korean, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese & Traditional Chinese. Skype detects automatically the language from phone’s local settings.|
|Automatic and manual sign-in/ start-up||Skype can be set to sign in automatically or manually. Settings can be changed from Sign-in screen or from Skype Settings.
In addition, Skype can be set to start automatically after phone is rebooted. Settings can be changed from Skype Settings.
|Contact list management||User can add, remove, block, unblock Skype and SkypeOut contacts, set them as favorites, remove from favorites, accept or decline new incoming contact requests and send contact requests to other Skype users.|
|Importing contacts from Native Address Book||Users can make a search based on native contact’s email address and/or phone number from native address book and import found contacts from native address book to Skype contact list.
Imported contacts are saved to Skype contact list and can be accessed also when users is logged in using some other Skype client (e.g PC)
|Integration with native address book||Contacts in Skype contact list can be synced to Native Address Book from Skype Settings.
After contacts are synced, user has the option to start Skype/SkypeOut calls directly from native address book.
|Profile info management||Users can manage the information shown under their profile (add, update, delete).
Users can start buying Skype subscriptions (credit, online number) from Skype for Android.
|Settings||User can manage call forwarding settings, chat and call privacy settings, profile picture privacy settings, incoming call ringtone settings, call and chat notification settings within the application|
|Notifications||Users are able to receive notifications about: incoming calls, missed calls, incoming chats, incoming contact requests, credit low, no credit, birthdays.|
|History||Skype keeps history of calls/chats for 90 days. User can delete all events under event history.|
|Calling||Skype and SkypeOut calls can be made via Wi-Fi and 3G-network connection.
Calls to user’s Online number can be received via Wi-Fi, 2G or 3G network connection.
Incoming GSM calls while on a Skype calls can be received and established. Skype call is be put on hold.
Incoming Skype calls which are received during GSM calls are noted as missed calls and not answered calls are forwarded accordingly if user has activated call forwarding.
Calling via Skype and receiving Skype calls is allowed only over Wi-Fi network in the United States. Sending/receiving Skype chats is allowed over both Wi-Fi and mobile data connection.
|Call forwarding||Call forwarding can be activated from Skype for Android. Calls can be forwarded to phone numbers.|
|Chats||Chat messages (including emoticons) can be sent and received.
URL’s can be opened from chat view and user can copy and paste text from one chat to another.
As with every software release we have few known issues . Please be familiar with them when using the application.
|Devices affected||Description||Current solution|
|All Android smart phones with firmware 2.0, 2.1 (including 2.1-update-1)||Links in Skype.com (retrieving password, buying Skype subscriptions) do not open with native browser||User is notified to download and use some other browser (e.g Opera Mini)|
|Galaxy S 2.1||We do not recommend installing Skype 1.0 for Android on this device.||None available|
|Samsgung Galaxy, Spica I5700 2.1||Switching speakerphone ON does not have an effect||None available|
|Samsung Galaxy, Spica I5700 2.1, HTC Legend 2.1||Connection is not seamless for these devices. When user has enabled both WiFi and 2G/3G connection, after a while, device switches to 2G/3G, but for other contacts, user appears to be offline as there really isn’t no connection in the device||None available|
|Motorola Milestone 2.0, Motorola Milestone 2.1, Motorola Milestone XT720 2.1||In case user receives incoming GSM call during Skype call, it may happen that audio is not sent/received during GSM call.||None available|
|Samsung Galaxy, Spica I5700 2.1, LG Aloha 2.1||These phone models fulfill the criteria to be compatible with Skype 1.0 for Android. The application performance may not be optimal.||None available|
|All||Listening to voicemails is currently not supported||None available|
|All||When selecting contact from Native Address Book in Dial pad view and if you have many contacts in Native Address Book then contacts are synced first and then displayed in alphabetical order||None available|
|All||Call drops when 2G/3G changes back to wifi: In case user has enabled Wi-Fi and 2G/3G connection and receives Skype call while on 2G/3G connection, call drops if device changes connection back to Wi-Fi||None available|
|All||For starting Skype calls or Skype chats successfully from native address book user has to be signed in to Skype||In case user is not signed in or Skype is not running on the background, user is notified about call/chat setup failed. User can still continue setting up the call manually.|
|All||Call duration is for calls which are longer than 1 hour is displayed as mm:ss not hh:mm:ss||None available|
|All||Call quality depends on the signal strength of Wi-Fi connection and the bandwith of 3G connection||In case call quality is not optimal, make sure you have good network connection|
|All||Skype respects device’s audio settings, but when audio and phone vibration are both enabled, phone does not vibrate during incoming Skype call||Audio is still played and user can detect incoming calls|
|All||Multilined mood message displays square mark in place of line break||None available|
|All||In Dial pad view, prefix for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands is wrong (shown as +0) In addition, country prefix is not recognized for British Ocean Territory and Pitcairn||User can add those contacts as SkypeOut contacts and start calls from contact profile view or from contextual menu options|
|All||Birthday notification is shown after user logs in||User has to log out and in again to receive birthday notifications|
|All||Sometimes US numbers are not recognized and therefore flag is not displayed in Dial Pad view. In addition to this, Dialer does not store outgoing calls to USA and Canada correctly in the „Recent destinations” in Dial Pad view||None available. User can still make calls|