New Skype Windows Phone app doesn't support low end Tango devices

As we reported late on Sunday, Microsoft has released the 1.0 version of Skype to Windows Phone users. However, in Skype's official blog, the company also listed quite a few known issues with the 1.0 version. Perhaps the biggest problem with Skype on Windows Phone is its memory requirements. As the list notes, "Your Windows Phone requires a minimum of 512MB of memory to install and use Skype."

That means the first version of Skype does not work on Windows Phone products made specifically for the "Tango" operating system update that are designed with just 256 MB of onboard memory. The Nokia 610 and the ZTE Orbit are among the Windows Phone products that won't be able to run the Skype app, at least in its first public incarnation.

Some of the other known issues with the 1.0 version of the Skype Windows Phone app include no support for Bluetooth headsets, not being able to send a Skype SMS, and no support for retrieving Skype voice messages. If you use Skype's IM feature, very long messages may also not display correctly in the 1.0 version. Microsoft has not given any indication on when these rather large issues will be resolved.

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and well fragmentation its coming as a feature for windows phone... very bad microsoft so much control, guidelines and limitations yet this its happening not a good move. and if wp7 devices like lumia and titan wont receive wp8 this its gonna be worse than android

and so it begins. this sort of 'fragmentation' is impossible to avoid. although i guess microsoft wil have it easier than android in future generations if wp becomes successful

Well, I'd say it's pretty clear from the app that it's a work in progress and will be seeing a lot of improvement (And likely in the future inclusion in the OS)... Not to mention that the lower end devices probably won't have front facing cameras either, so I see this as really a non issue. They chose to target devices more likely to be using Skype first, and will probably work on improving the app and slimming it down over time. Seems perfectly reasonable to me.

Goes to show Microsoft are just a bunch of morons. The limitation should have been no background tasks on low end devices in line with the current limitation, not that the app won't run at all. So they will probably apply that to Mango devices with only Apollo devices being able to run it in the background. Intentional fragmentation to get people to buy more expensive handsets. Meanwhile the competition,ow priced android handsets can run any application. Who is the idiot who makes these decisions?

RAM is so cheap these days, would it really kill these phone manufacturers to put 512mb in this things? I'm sure it wouldn't add much to the cost.

That said, Microsoft should impost a "max RAM usage" limit on apps for the platform, and require hardware manufacturers to install at least that much RAM into phones.

TCLN Ryster said,
RAM is so cheap these days, would it really kill these phone manufacturers to put 512mb in this things? I'm sure it wouldn't add much to the cost.

That said, Microsoft should impost a "max RAM usage" limit on apps for the platform, and require hardware manufacturers to install at least that much RAM into phones.

There is a max RAM limit of 90MB that's been inplace since launch - any app that goes over that automatically gets terminated on < 512MB RAM devices when they get around the limit (though usually they wouldn't actually be allowed onto those devices in the first place)

benalvino said,
Poor heading... you should say it doesn't support low end windows phone and not tango devices... john can you change that?

I agree with this. When I read it I thought it meant once (current) phones get updated with Tango they won't be able to run the Skype software.

benalvino said,
Poor heading... you should say it doesn't support low end windows phone and not tango devices... john can you change that?

Another John Callaham quality news.

Fred 69 said,

I agree with this. When I read it I thought it meant once (current) phones get updated with Tango they won't be able to run the Skype software.

Agreed. Bad title.