Skype -- which recently ditched its Verizon Wireless exclusivity -- is scheduled to receive a rather substantial update today. Although the Skype Garage says Skype 1.0.1 should already be live in the market, it's not, but it probably will be very soon. And you can bet this post will be updated once it is.
Update: It has been pointed out by one of our commenters that Skype version 188.8.131.524 actually is Skype version 1.0.1.
In addition to support for QVGA devices, Skype 1.0.1 also adds support for a hardware back key, which has been designed to make Skype a little easier on your battery. Skype 1.0.1 also boasts improved login stability, reduced application size, and more. Download links and a full list of 1.0.1 enhancements after the break.
Taken directly from the Skype Garage:
Skype 1.0.1 for Android is here.
First of all, we'd like to thank everyone for the feedback given on the initial release of Skype for Android.
With Skype for Android 1.0.1, we focused on the areas we received feedback on from our customers. In short the most important improvements for this release are:
* 320*240 and 240*400 screen resolutions are now supported.
* Hardware back key is now supported.
* Signing out from Skype now exits Skype.
* Reduced power consumption in idle mode.
* Improved login stability and behavior.
* Improved performance with large contact lists.
* Reduced application size.
* General bug fixes.
Start downloading now the updated version of Skype for Android from Android Market or browse from your phone to skype.com/m, you can also see more details on our Skype for Android page. Let us know what you think about this release by visiting our forums.
New screen resolutions supported
We have introduced support for lower screen resolutions used on many popular Android devices, including the HTC Wildfire.
Hardware back key
When sending Skype to background with hardware back key, the Skype user interface process ends, but the library process continues to run in the background. As a result, you'll still be able to receive incoming calls and IMs. This should help reduce Skype's battery consumption while it's in the background.
Signing out now exits Skype
When you sign out from Skype then it now exits the Skype application.
As I said above, it hasn't reached the market just yet, but we'll let you know when it does.