We have just released a Skype 2.6 for Android.
With the Skype 2.6 for Android we have introduced a number of improvements to the application, like file sending, improved graphics, better video quality on Nvidia Tegra2 devices. In addition we have enabled few additional devices for video calling. Newly added devices are HTC Amaze 4G and Motorola DROID RAZR. You can enable video calling on any device from the options, but we can’t guarantee the video calls quality on them as we have not performed extensive testing on all android devices.
In short the new features are:
- Send pictures, videos and files
- Easier to sign out, plus auto-sign in
- Improved look and feel with new graphics
- Receiving, as well as sending, voice message
- Better video quality on Tegra 2 devices
Let’s take a bit longer view on the new features:
Send pictures, videos and files
Now you can send and receive files from your Skype for Android to other Skype. It’s a great way to share the moments to others just after they have happened.
Easier to sign out, plus auto-sign in
You will notice on this version of Skype for Android that not where is a automatically sign in possibility and more easy to sign out in case you would like to do so.
Improved look and feel with new graphics
We have overhauled the graphics for the Skype for Android app. The new graphics are streamlined and tuned to be bit easier to be used.
Receiving, as well as sending, voicemail
Now you can send and receive voicemail easily also on the Skype for Android and never miss a call. Skype voicemail is free for everyone, you just need to activate it.
Better video quality on Tegra 2 devices
We have worked together with Nvidia to provide all our users who have Nvidia Tegra2 chipset powered devices to be be able to enjoy higher resolution and better quality video calling experience.
Skype 2.6 for Android, with full version number 2.6.501.77 on Android Market and 2.6.500.76 on GetJar.
Skype 2.6 for Android has a few known issues, please be aware of them when using it:
|Devices affected||Description||Current solution|
|All||Fails to access Skype web site for “Buy credit” and “Buy Online number”||Make sure that time and date on device is current.|
|All||On some occasions the chat messages may appear in wrong 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||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||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.||Use the Skype for iPad version application|
|All||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||With very large accounts (600+ contacts) the performance of the application will not be optimal.||None available.|
|All||You can only enable video if the device has a camera and it has ARM-v7 CPU.||None available.|
|All||Privacy settings not synced from cloud.||Being signed only into one device at a time will avoid the problem, but no solution available at the moment for this issue.|
|All||When a video call is put on hold, the Picture-in-Picture (Pip) does not disappear. On some deices it becomes full screen, and on other devices it appears in the upper left corner.||None available.|
|All||Sharing very large files (over 1 GB in size) may stall the device.||None available.|
|All||Making a video call to a non-video capable device (such as a thin-client) results in video call with a black screen. There is a toast message displayed.||Turn off the camera to revert to an audio call.|
|Devices running Cyanogen mod of Android||Skype is unstable and randomly stops working, especially on sign in.||Revert to a market version of Android.|
|Froyo (Android 2.2) devices||When answering a video call in portrait orientation, the Picture-In-picture (PiP) appears as a landscape view.||Answer a video call in landscape orientation.|
|HTC Desire – 2.2||Heavy audio quality degradations.||None available.|
|HTC Desire HD 2.2||Video stream shows noise after a min of streaming||Upgrade to 2.3|
|HTC Jetsteam||No outgoing video.||None available.|
|HTC Sensation||Changing camera (front/back) multiple may crash Skype.||None available.|
|Motorola Milestone 2.0; Motorola Milestona 2.1 Motorola Milestonia 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|
|Plantronics 510 Bluetooth headset||Audio does not go through headset.||Use a different Bluetooth headset.|
|Samsung Galaxy S – 2.2||Volume set at maximum during call||Upgrade to 2.3|
|Samsung Galaxy S + Transform & Intercept product family 2.1||Skype for Android is not able to login on the following devices with Android 2.1 and below: 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
|Upgrade to Android OS version 2.2|
|Samsung Galaxy Spica I5700 2.1; HTC Legend||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 is no connection in the device||None available|
|Samsung Galaxy Spica I5700 2.1; LG Aloha 2.1, HTX Wildfire; HTC Legend||These phone models fulfill the criteria to be compatible with Skype 2.0. for Android. The application performance may not be optimal.||None available|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab – 2.2||No video on the Samsung Galaxy Tab by default, since the back camera doesn’t work properly.||Upgrade to 2.3. The user can enable the video in Settings.|
|Sony Ericsson Xperia mini||Skype dies on first run.||None available.|
|Varied||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 together with call audio.||User has to stop radio manually|
|Varied||Outgoing camera rotated 90 or 180 degrees.||Some devices have a “Rotate Camera” option in the camera menu, othervice none available.|
|Vizio VTAB1008||Video rotated 90 degrees.||None available.|