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  • Vendor: Skype
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Price: Free

Skype is a video calling, audio calling and text chat service that works on a variety of computing platforms, including Android. The previously-independent company is now owned and operated by Microsoft, but is still fully supported and functional on non-Microsoft platforms — although since being acquired Skype is no longer usable on Chrome OS as third-party extensions were shut down.

No matter what style of device — phone, tablet or computer — you're using, you can easily communicate with friends and family with Skype over any internet connection, either one-on-one or in a group. You can even communicate with people using Skype to dial non-Skype phone numbers, including having an incoming number for other phones to call and have it ring your Skype app.

There are both free and paid portions of the Skype service. Most users can get by just fine with the free functions — device-to-device audio calling, video calling and text chat are all part of the free service. You can pay per month to have a static phone number that others can call you on from a phone, and you can pay per minute or text message with Skype Credit to call out to other phone numbers using your Skype Account. For frequent callers, there are monthly rates that offer unlimited calls to phone numbers in a specific country or region.

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Skype 4.0 for Android launches - 'rebuilt from the ground up'

Messaging platform celebrates 100 million Android installs with all-new app Skype for Android is getting a major update today, bringing the app up to version 4.0 with a major redesign. The app, which Skype says recently passed 100 million installs, has been completely redesigned to be more...
Skype Video Messaging

Skype takes video messaging out of 'preview' status

Skype this morning announced that it's taking its video messaging feature out of "preview" status and keeping it as a free feature on its desktop, Android, iOS and BlackBerry apps. (Windows Phone, oddly, is omitted.) The feature records up to 3 minutes of video that then gets sent to a specific...
Skype Interface

Skype update brings back 'classic' UI option for tablets

Skype has just been updated to give users the option of selecting a "classic" UI instead of the new and improved tablet interface. The previous update to Skype added many new features and a more tablet-optimized interface overall, including a portrait UI for calling -- the curious part was the...
Skype Video Messaging

Skype now beta testing video messaging service with some mobile users

Skype is actively testing a new video messaging service with a "group of mobile and mac users" according to its official Twitter account today. The new feature, which doesn't require a new update to the mobile app, enables users to send video messages back and forth up to 3 minutes in length. If...
Android Central

Skype update adds portrait calling on tablets, rest of the app locked in landscape

The latest update to Skype improved the UI and added a much asked for feature in portrait calling, but unfortunately the rest of the app is locked in landscape. The portrait calling seemed like a no-brainer fix, especially considering many smaller tablets -- like the Nexus 7 -- have camera setups...
Android Central

Over-the-top VOIP users to reach 1 billion in 4 years

Over the top (OTT) VOIP users will top 1 billion by 2017, according to some new research. It's no surprise that traditional voice call usage is going down, but that doesn't mean that people are stopping voice calls all together. The transition to VOIP (Voice Over IP) calling services is on the...
Skype for Android tablets

Skype brings new layout, improved audio to Android tablets

Skype today announced a fairly major update for Android tablets. In addition to the updated layout, there's no an option to sign in and merge your Skype account with your Microsoft account (an offshoot of the Windows-maker buying Skype), improved audio quality, and a number of bugfixes in Skype 3....
Android Central

Skype, on the Nikon Coolpix S800c

Look, the Nikon Coolpix S800c runs Android, so it's not all that strange for us to put the Skype app on the ... camera ... and give it a go. The speaker leaves a lot to be desired, and don't even think about doing a video call. But still. How cool is this? But be warned: You will look a little...
Skype for Android

Skype: 'Skype version 2.8 for Android not affected' by messaging bug

While there was never any mention of the recently-reported (and rare) Skype messaging bug actually affecting Android, anyone who had any slight concerns can rest easy. While a fix is being rolled out, Skype has officially stated that Android users on Skype version 2.8 are OK.  In an official...
Skype

Skype updated with faster start up times, video bug fixes and newly styled messaging

The latest update for Skype has now landed in the Google Play Store and has some nice changes in it that may make you want to go and hit that update button. Aside from the listed faster start up times for the app as a whole, Skype has addressed the issue where video would not rotate on some...
Skype for Android

Skype for Android adds file sharing, improves battery life and video quality

Adds support for the unannounced Motorola Droid 4 Android's Skype app got itself a nice little update today, with improvements to battery life and video quality, the ability to send photos and videos to your contacts, and it's now much easier to sign out. (That'd be the little arrow button in...
Skype for Android

Skype adds video calling -- and ads - to another round of phones

You don't usually get sumpthin' for nothin', and the adage rings true with the latest update to Skype for Android. The good news: A baker's dozen devices have had video calling turned on, but at the price of having to put up with advertising.  You can get around the ads (which show up for everyone...
Qik Premium

Qik Video Premium adds a slew of new features for a $5 monthly subscription

Qik Video is now available in a premium version, which adds a slew of new features to the Skype-owned camcorder/video chat app. For $4.99/month, users will have access to Qik Desktop, which automatically sync your Qik videos to your computer for easy editing and sharing. In addition, premium users...
Skype for Android

Skype adds video support for a slew of new devices, with a catch

Android's Skype client just gave itself a sizable update, officially bringing video calling to a number of new devices. And they are:Samsung Galaxy S IISamsung Galaxy SSamsung Droid Charge - VerizonSamsung Galaxy TabHTC Desire (2.2)HTC Thunderbolt - VerizonHTC SensationHTC Evo 4GHTC Evo 3DHTC...
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IM+ for Android updated to v4.1.5 with a slew of additions

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Facebook Video Chat

Facebook announces Skype Video integration, but it's not Google+

  In a news conference today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg unveiled his vision for the next five years of Facebook, and announced a few new features to the popular social networking platform that might look familiar to those of you lucky enough to be using Google+ The biggest announcement is that...
Skype

Skype adds Nexus S 4G to its video calling roster

Yesterday we saw the Skype app received quite a large update that brought an enhanced interface to everyone, but video calling to only a few select devices. The Google Nexus S was included, but not its Wimax cousin on Sprint. But Skype just tweeted that they have added the Nexus S 4G. While we...
Android Central

Skype brings UI update for all, video calling for a few

Fire up Skype today, and you'll be greeted with a nicely redesigned user interface, as well as the ability to use SMS from Skype. But that's not the big feature the internet calling giant is really pimping. Video calling is finally officially here -- but only for a select few phones. Yeah, there's...
Android Central

ThunderBolt update may bring Gingerbread, Skype video along with reboot fix

Looks like the continued wait for the latest HTC ThunderBolt software update -- the one that everybody initially thought would just be to fix those blasted reboots -- may be well worth the wait. We'd heard that the more improvements were in the works as, meanwhile, work has continued on new radios...
LG Optimus Black "Skype Edition"

LG Optimus Black 'Skype Edition' headed to Telus soon

We've been all over the LG Optimus Black in the past -- we gave it a full run through in our review but we now know that it will be making its way to Telus in Canada. Telus has done some special customization with their release though -- they've managed to team up with Skype to offer a special "...

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