Skype for Android

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 II
  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • Samsung Droid Charge - Verizon
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • HTC Desire (2.2)
  • HTC Thunderbolt - Verizon
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Evo 4G
  • HTC Evo 3D
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC Flyer
  • LG Revolution - Verizon (2.2)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro
  • Acer A5

That's a nice little increase from the previous quorum, which comprised the Nexus S, Xperia neo and Xperia pro, and the Desire S.

Now, the bad news. If the phone listed above isn't yet running Gingerbread, only the rear camera will work. (The app listing does a nice job explaining that's a Froyo limitation, and not the app's fault.)

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

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Got it on my ThunderBolt and can confirm this is true it only works on the rear facing camera and what is false is Froyo being a limitation on the front facing camera. Yahoo messenger works, Tango works, Fring works, Qik works. So please Skype stop bsing us its a limitation in your app.

The leaked Skype version from months ago worked fine with the front and rear camera support - now the "official" release does not support the front camera and blames the OS version. This is so bizarre. We need a credible alternative to Skype... Why do I feel like I am being bamboozled by HTC, Verizon and Skype until the Thunderbolt is out of date and they hope we all go away and spend money on another $600 dual core replacement on contract full price.

The Thunderbolt seems to be the 2011 smart phone with the greatest unrealized potential. It has been limping along getting patches and fixes for the last 5 months. Hopefully it will be a full functioning smart phone before my two year contract is up.

Not a big deal, got a company discount on the phone and service. Cancelling the phone and buying something new is not much, nor is there anything else on the market now or near term that excites me anyway.

Not a big deal, got a company discount on the phone and service. Cancelling the phone and buying something new is not much, nor is there anything else on the market now or near term that excites me anyway.

I can confirm that Video Calling is not enabled with this update on my HTC Desire. Triple Checked. Am I wrong or does everyone with a Desire not have Video Calling?

With magic... or with a mirror or 2.. either way, fail.
edit: okay, maybe I failed, not sure, but the AC specs on the i9000 does not show FFC.

Good day to be a Rooted Thunderbolt user running a Gingerbread ROM... finally Skype for the Thunderbolt... after it was listed as an App before the TBolt was released (big disappointment for many of us).

Netflix, now this. Slow but sure. Now for VZW to release Gingerbread, and yes, I did say Verizon. I'm rooted and already running a Gingerbread rom as well. I think all these lack of updates are from the Thunderbolt not running Gingerbread....yet.

they probably programmed it to work on gingerbread basing off the fact that GB is supposed to be out. The update is a Verizon hold back, so skype probably wanted to release it ready to go on 2.3.4

The leaked version of Skype, which ran fine on a stock TBolt with Froyo, was able to utilize the front-facing camera. So blaming this shortcoming on the OS is bull. Jeez...

Yeah, I was really disappointed this morning, but we're not the only device owners being left out, there's apparently more to the requirement than just running Gingerbread. I'm more than ready for somebody to come along and rid the Earth of Skype once and for all. Where's Google Talk's desktop video chat client and universal Android application! Common get with it people in Mountain View, CA!!!!

Agreed. Doubly frustrating that the Droid3 runs 2.3.4 yet doesn’t have support for Google Talk either.

-Suntan

Yeah, I was a disappointed and pretty surprised to see my Atrix left off of the list. It shouldn't be long, though. With the release of the iPad app (which works great) and now this update, at least it's apparent that Skype is really working on this stuff.

It's disappointing that so many aren't able to use the FFC on supposedly supported devices.

I can confirm that it does work on the HTC EVO 3D.

ooVoo now works on the Thunderbolt, I'm very impressed with the software not only on Android, but the pc has well, miles ahead of Skype.

Thanks for the heads up. Just tested this on my Thunderbolt with a solid LTE connection calling to my wife's laptop. ooVoo for the win! Super easy setup. Worked right out of the box. FFC works fine on stock Froyo OS. Skype people must have slept through that class.

I'm glad my TB is rooted. Works fine with my TB:) Why is TB always behind in all the updates compared to other phones??? any idea???

Tried it on Evo 4G with GB and GB update and my front camera does not work. Didn't have time to try the back camera. I could see the other person fine. Also, once it turns from portrait to landscape it won't go back to portrait without logging out and logging back in.

Video option not available on my wife's stock Evo4g. Anyone else having this issue? Is there a place to DL the GB update in case she didn't get it or got a corrupt version? Would love to ditch Fring and try out Skype.

Funny how Skype owns Qik,which made a specific app version of Qik for atrix with front facing camera, and we don't even get any cameras for skype.
I don't get how it takes this damn long to release. Seriously, some companies should just release on XDA. Everything is done faster.

do you still have to put the phone in
landscape mode to get the video correct
or did they fix that in this release?

What bugs me is the Thunderbolt was I believe the first phone to be advertised as having Skype capabilities and even today it still is just only half assed on the phone.

Still have the leaked Skype installed and haven't downloaded the recent firmware update for my T-Bolt that got pushed out, so enjoying the best of both worlds, LOL. Will wait for Gingerbread...sheesh, VZW, what's the problem with rolling it out?

where is the support for the lg g2x? its been out a lot longer then the sensation 4g and evo 3d.. damn just got rid of my sensation 4g for the g2x too lol.

I tested this out on my Gingerbread MyTouch4g with a call to a Skype desktop and while the sound threw the speaker wasn't great (it never is, I needed an earpiece) the video was very solid.

Of course this was over wifi. Didn't try it over 4g.

So the app does support the MT4G? I mean, it would be very weird for a video chat/calling app to not support one of the first, if not THE first Android phone with a FFC, I think.