More Android handsets now support Skype

Online chatting client now works on a lot more Google OS powered phones
Kerry Butters

August 4, 2011
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Skype has today released the latest version of the client for Android users, with more devices that are now compatible.

Updates to the software have also been made to address some of the known issues with phones already using Skype.

Current users should upgrade via either Android Market or Skype using their phone’s browser, and Skype is encouraging customers to give them feedback via their website.

Should you own a phone that is not on the updated list, but runs Android 2.2 or greater, then you can theoretically still use Skype – settings must be altered to “enable video calling” within Skype’s software and not the phone’s. However, if you have done this and still can’t get video calling to work, then your phone is not yet compatible.

Besides, handsets running Android 2.2 only work up to a point. For example, only the camera at the back of the phone will work for video calling, even if the phone has a front facing camera. Users will be able to participate in incoming group video calling but only with audio at this point.

The new devices officially supported comprise of the following: Acer A5; HTC Desire (2.2 and HD); HTC Evo (3D and 4G in the US), HTC Flyer; HTC Incredible; HTC Sensation; HTC Thunderbolt (2.2, US only); LG Revolution (2.2, US only); Samsung Galaxy (S, S II and Tab); Sony Ericsson Xperia (mini pro, Play and Ray).

Both the new additions to the Skype-capable Android family, along with the various bug-fixes, will be welcomed, no doubt.


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