Skype 2.0 for Android: Say hello to video calling
Today we have released a Skype 2.0 for Android, introducing Skype video calling to the Android Market.
The main improvements over the previous version of Skype in the Skype 2.0 for Android are:
- Video calling
- Ability to send SMS messages
- User experience improvements
A bit more details on the improvements of Skype:
We have introduced a video calling support on the new Skype for Android. This enables you to see youre beloved ones while on go. You can make video calls over mobile data and Wifi connections.
We are currently supporting video calling on four devices, but we are actively working on adding support for more devices.
The currently supported devices are:
- Google Nexus S
- HTC Desire S
- Sony Ericsson Xperia neo
- Sony Ericsson Xperia pro
Ability to send SMS messages
We have introduced in Skype 2.0 a possibility to send SMS messages, so now you can conveniently send your messages from Skype while you’re on the go on our competitive rates.
User Experience improvements
When building the Skype 2.0 for Android we made big efforts to iron out the few quirks we had on the initial version and we made a number of changes to the user experience based on your feedback to the initial version of Skype for Android.
The technical bits for this release.
Skype 2.0 for Android is designed to run on the devices which run on Android OS 2.1 or newer, with at least 600 MHz of CPU power and with screen resolutions of 320*240; 240*400; 480*320; 800*480; 854*480.
Skype will also work on devices which have different screen resolution or slower CPU’s, but the performance will be degraded, especially on calls.
As with any software this version of Skype has in few known issues, please be aware of them while using it:
|Devices affected||Category||Description||Current solution|
|All||Birthday notifications||Birthday notifications are shown only after user logs in and not during long running session||User has to log out and in again to receive birthday notifications|
|All||Calling||Usage of Bluetooth headsets is not supported for Skype calls. They might work depending on device.||None available|
|All||Calling||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||Calling||Call quality depends on the signal strength of Wi-Fi connection and the bandwidth of 3G connection||In case call quality is not optimal, make sure you have good network connection|
|All||Calling||If Skype is not running and the user initiates a call from native address book even though there is no available data connection. The application falsely thinks it’s gone online.||None available|
|All||Calling||Video calling to the iPad 1 that is using the Skype for iPhone app is currently not working; the call automatically gets downgraded to an audio call.||none available|
|All||Calling||During an ongoing call, it is not possible to change in call volume while proximity sensor is activated.||Move phone away from head to deactivate proximity sensor, then change the call volume.|
|All||Generic||When upgrading Skype then the previous history on the device will be lost||None available|
|All||Generic||Skype is auto-starting after sign-out / force close||Skype is a “search provider” type of application. As a consequence of this, the default behavior of the Android platform is to try to restart the application if it crashes or the user does a force close. Skype does not auto-start itself after signing out of Skype.|
|All||Generic||On very rare occasions upgrading to a new version of Skype for Android fails and the user is no longer able to upgrade/re-install Skype for Android.||After a master reset of the device Skype for Android can be installed again.|
|All||Generic||On some devices, radio music is not stopped automatically when Skype call comes in. Call can be received, but when answering the call, radio music is still played along with Skype call sound.||User has to stop radio manually.|
|All||Generic||When used with large accounts and Wi-Fi goes into hibernation mode. The application can sometimes get into a state where it is not able to go back online.||Go to app manager and kill client, restart the client|
|All||Generic||With very large accounts (600+ contacts) the performance of the application will not be optimal.|
|All||Instant messaging||On some occasions the chat messages may appear in wrong order||None available.|
|All||Voicemail||User cannot leave voicemail — although calls get directed to voicemail and user hears voicemail greeting, voicemails are not saved and sent to remote party||None available|
|HTC Thunderbolt||Calling||Device’s audio quality is generally poor (fuzzy, choppy, delayed)||None available|
| Motorola Milestone 2.0;
Motorola Milestone 2.1;
Motorola Milestone XT720 2.1
|Calling||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 S GT-I9000;
Samsung Galaxy S Mesmerize;
Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G;
Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant;
Samsung Galaxy S Captivate;
Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate;
|Generic||Skype 2.0 for Android is not able to login on the following devices with Android 2.1 and below.||Upgrade your Android to 2.3 or to 2.2 depending on the availability.|
| Samsung Galaxy Spica I5700 2.1;
HTC Legend 2.1
|Connection||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|
| Samsung Galaxy Spica I5700 2.1;
LG Aloha 2.1;
|Generic||Altough these phone models fulfill the criteria’s to be compatible for Skype 2.0 for Android, but the application performance may not be optimal.||None available|
The release build numbers for this release is 188.8.131.52, if you download it from the Android Market, 184.108.40.206 in case downloaded from Getjar.