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Skype for Android Brings Video Calls to 17 Devices, Including ThunderBolt

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Skype has finally released an update to their Android app which brings video calling to the masses. Skype 2.1 is now available with support for video calling on 17 new devices, including many popular smartphones.

The update brings video calling to Android 2.2 device from several manufacturers as well as bug fixes and performance enhancements.

Support for video calling on Android devices has been a long time coming, especially for owners of the HTC ThunderBolt who haven’t had still don’t have a real reason to use their front facing camera since launch. Update: The majority of ThunderBolt users will be stuck using the rear camera until Gingerbread updates arrive in Q3.

The list of new Android devices which support video calling is impressive, with all of Verizon’s 4G lineup on the list alongside top phones from T-Mobile, AT&T Sprint and

Skype Video Calls on Android ThunderBolt Charge and More

Skype supports video calls on 17 new Android Devices.

others.

  • Acer A5
  • HTC Desire (2.2)
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC Evo 3D
  • HTC Evo 4G
  • HTC Flyer
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Thunderbolt – Verizon (2.2) (US only)
  • LG Revolution – Verizon (2.2) (US only)
  • Samsung Droid Charge – Verizon (2.2) (US only)
  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray

The new Skype 2.1 app should have video calling enabled for these devices. If your device does not have video calls enabled, you can turn them on in the settings menu.

According to Skype, this update makes video calling available on the majority of Android devices. As a ThunderBolt owner it is great to have a video call app available which lets me connect with contacts on many other systems, like the iPad or notebooks, without the need to get people to sign up for a different service.

Get Skype 2.1 from the Android Market for free today.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

9 Comments

  1. Deceived Thunderbolt user

    08/04/2011 at 3:33 pm

    The statement “Support for video calling on Android devices has been a long time
    coming, especially for owners of the HTC ThunderBolt who haven’t had a
    real reason to use their front facing camera since launch.” is MISLEADING!!! Those who are on stock Froyo on Thunderbolt CANNOT use the front camera with this new version of Skype! I am the Thunderbolt owner, downloaded and tested this Skype version earlier today – IT ONLY WORKS WITH THE BACK CAMERA!!! It explicitly states in the settings – “back camera only”. I made a test call and confirm it – front camera DOES NOT work with this version of Skype for the stock Froyo version on Thunderbolt! How pathetic is that!

    • Trapperjohn

      08/04/2011 at 3:58 pm

      True does suck need gingerbread which may come by end of september if rumor holds true.
      Another reason to root now and have gingerbread :-)

    • Trapperjohn

      08/04/2011 at 3:58 pm

      True does suck need gingerbread which may come by end of september if rumor holds true.
      Another reason to root now and have gingerbread :-)

    • Josh Smith

      08/04/2011 at 5:19 pm

      Sorry, That was not in my settings, I will update the post.

    • Nsl1972

      08/13/2011 at 12:21 am

      Verizon and, not in but liars and scamers, there would be a class action law suit,… lies all the way from the beginning. Now n rent facing camera…300 for a phone that is crap since it came out. We should be Bel to exchange this phone in buynow. What a scam by Verizon

  2. m1ckDELTA

    08/07/2011 at 12:07 am

    “you are limited to the back camera only” WTF!!! You have got to be kidding. Seriously? How inept do you have to be to think this is what customers have been asking for? It has to be someone’s idea of a spiteful joke.

    • Eleochap

      08/07/2011 at 4:02 am

      Absolutely agree that it is a spiteful joke that the front facing camera does not work on Android 2.2 devices such as my Droid Charge.

  3. Jdog325xm1

    08/21/2011 at 2:52 pm

    Why cant i download Skype Mobile On My Htc Thunderbolt????

  4. Clubberlang

    12/12/2011 at 10:23 am

    Video calls supported on Htc Desire??? I have a rooted Desire running Villian Rom (Android 2.35) and do not get the video call option in the Skype app. It is not there in the settings either. Are you telling me if I downgraded my phone to Android 2.2 (Froyo)  video calls on Skype will work? Someone is seriously extracting the urine.

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