Skype to receive 1.0.1 update November 9 2010

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 1.0.0.614 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.

 
There are 20 comments

Will we see GalaxyS support?

rub2008 says:

its already out. My phone already showed it as a "manual update" 12:01pm EST. Before i update, will it fix the WIFI only dialing problem? I have the "hacked "version installed and it works great. I'd hate to upgrade and lose that ability again.....

maverick999 says:

I'm really hoping the Hacked version of Skype comes out with an update soon. I'm following the thread here: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/xeudoxus/78843-apks-unlocked-apps-14.html

icebike says:

What about move to SD?
The last version was 13 freakin megabytes.

Internal phone storage is precious on some phones like the Nexus One, and this thing won't be appearing on my phone till it has move to SD.

Like rub2008 says, if it doesn't have calling over 3g its a non-starter.

Argh says:

If you're rooted and have the free version of Titanium Backup, you can long-press on the Skype application in TB and force it to the SD card.

Works fine for me, although I don't ever mount the SD card as USB storage.

Skype runs a service in the background, and Google say that services should not be installed to SD card for this reason, as it is likely to cause instability.

icebike says:

Latest indication is that it is now down ti 9.35 megs, but still no Ap to SD capability.

Service on an SD card is not a problem, as long as you know it won't be available on reboot or when SD card is removed/dismounted.

Anyone wanting to use Skype would know that they would have to relaunch it upon rebooting the phone. Not a problem, as proven by the fairly large number of apps that launch BG services and install on SD card.

eyesparky says:

Log into an account and then check your memory usage.

madsere says:

Still too big. Bloatware. Both Nimbuzz and Fring are able to make apps with many more features with a much smaller footprint. Back to the drawing board Skype.

dingoatebaby says:

version 1.0.1 is version 1.0.0.614 in the market
see the Skype Garage post

Still no support for Galaxy S
Galaxy S 2.1
We do not recommend installing Skype 1.0.1 for Android on this device with Android 2.1 and below.
Upgrade to Android OS version 2.2

viper134 says:

+1 does it support galaxy s yet? I have the newest version and it just sits there and says signing in... doesn't change.

ben dover says:

I updated mine about 30 mins ago. looks like it's starting to show up in the market

rub2008 says:

will there ever be one with EVO 4G support? I want to take advantage of the front facing cameras!! I'm very limited right now.. QIK and FRING with other EVO users..... I use skype worldwide!

Gee says:

"Skype -- which recently ditched its Verizon Wireless exclusivity -- is scheduled to receive a rather substantial update today."

Don't remember where I read this, or it's validity, but Verizon still might have exclusivity of the "mobile" Skype app. Mobile meaning mobile data connection. So the rest of us U.S. users get the WiFi only version, at least through official channels.

Litt says:

WHAT!?! UPDATE TO SKYPE!?! Wait, no video? Oh.

Wake me when something interesting happens.

Draiko#AC says:

I'm also waiting for Skype video calling on my Evo. Tango seems to fit the bill until Skype gets its act together!

bobaka says:

nimbuzz and fring too

Russell2566 says:

I downloaded both the older version and the update and have used it successfully with no issues on my Samsung Captivate (non-rooted).

chelsintel says:

My Epic 4G feels very left out. I hope Skype is proud of themselves. *sniffle*

eyesparky says:

I thought they had done a good job reducing the memory usage when I installed, with it showing 9.35MB installed compared to 13MB before. Unfortunately, logging in to an account with 5 contacts to test it added 3.1MB so the app is pretty much as large as it ever was (0.5MB reduction in size is not enough to make it viable on my phone sadly). Who knows what will happen if I jump to 6 contacts ;). Shame.

I haven't tried this version of Skype video chat yet, but an obvious glaring error is a lack of an EXIT BUTTON. :-o LOL