Skype for Android gets updated to 2.6

Microsoft pledged to continue to support Skype for all of its platforms even after its acquisition of the company went official in October. Today, the Skype division announced that the Android port of the software has been updated to the 2.6 version. For non-Skype users, the new version can be downloaded from the Android Marketplace.

The biggest new feature in the Android 2.6 version is the ability for Skype members to send videos and photos over to other Skype users. The service works on both WiFi and 3G/4G connections. If you happen to have an Android smartphone that has NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor, the new Skype version gives those owners some improvements in battery life as well as video quality.

More Android devices can now use Skype for video calling, including the Motorola Droid RAZR and the HTC Amaze 4G. The Skype blog says that nearly every Android smartphone that has Android 2.2 or above should be able to run video calls via Skype.

The Android Marketplace listing for Skype has some more info on what's new with 2.6 including some voicemail improvements.

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I've just updated and haven't had a chance to test calling yet but the UI seems noticeably more responsive. Eg. the previous version would lag about a fraction of a secont between pressing the Contacts button and getting the contacts list, but now it's instant.

with the constant every day complaints about skype on android
have they fixed any of the issues that have been commented about?

xSuRgEx said,
with the constant every day complaints about skype on android
have they fixed any of the issues that have been commented about?

Like no voicemail support on Android? I'm guessing not.

I think it makes more sense for them to integrate skype into the Messaging Hub in their next update rather than writing Skype from scratch for Windows Phone.

cleverclogs said,
In b4 "where's the app for Windows Phone".

But seriously, where's the freakin' app for Windows Phone!

Where's the app for windows phone?

cleverclogs said,
But seriously, where's the freakin' app for Windows Phone!

Windows Phone doesn't have a sufficiently large marketshare to persuade Microsoft to develop Skype for it... just like BlackBerry's QNX-based OS. Ironic, isn't it?

sabrex said,

Windows Phone doesn't have a sufficiently large marketshare to persuade Microsoft to develop Skype for it... just like BlackBerry's QNX-based OS. Ironic, isn't it?

Marketshare isn't always the answer. It's silly to think that Microsoft wouldn't make their newly acquired app available for their own phone platform when they've already made their other apps and services available for it.

Also, Microsoft has confirmed that it is coming to WP7.

http://www.pocket-lint.com/new...0/skype-windows-phone-7-app

sabrex said,

Windows Phone doesn't have a sufficiently large marketshare to persuade Microsoft to develop Skype for it... just like BlackBerry's QNX-based OS. Ironic, isn't it?

It also looks stupid that Microsoft who owns Skype is making it for everything but their own windows phone 7. As if to say everyone is a better choice for skype but WP7.

I'm sure they've been developing, testing, QA, etc this for months. The MS/Skype deal only just got approved, I wouldn't expect anything this soon.

It may also be on hold until Tango for possible new functionality.

cleverclogs said,
In b4 "where's the app for Windows Phone".

But seriously, where's the freakin' app for Windows Phone!

The app is going to look hairy butt ugly on a Windows Phone.

funkydude said,
I'm sure they've been developing, testing, QA, etc this for months. The MS/Skype deal only just got approved, I wouldn't expect anything this soon.

You almost have to assume that Skype was already working on it before the aquistion though. It isn't like Microsoft would have to start from scratch 2 months ago.