Skype just updated its native Android app enabling a new feature that it should activated upon launch – video calls. That’s right folks, you can now use Skype Android app to make video calls – and guess what it works both over Wi-Fi and 3G connection. Take that Apple and Facetime, this is how video calls should be on a mobile phone. It should not be limited over Wi-Fi only. Anyway, with the updated Skype for Android, you can now do the following:
- Make and receive free Skype one-to-one video calls to other Skype users on the iPhone, Mac, Windows PCs, other Android phones and even TVs**
- Make great value calls to landlines and mobiles around the world
- Send SMS messages to friends and family anywhere in the world from your Android device at great Skype rates.
Aside from video calls, the update also brings in a completely redesigned interface for the app. There is now a new main menu which you can easily navigate through your contacts, access your Skype profile to change your personal details, use the dial pad for making calls, and see your Skype credit balance. There’s also now a new mood message box at the top of app’s main menu. This will let you share how you are feeling as well as what you’ve just been or what you’re up to next. And now for the news breaker. Skype for Android app is available now for Android devices. However the video call feature currently works only for the following Android phones – HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro and the Google Nexus S. All these devices run Android 2.3 and above plus they all sport a front-facing camera. Skype for Android is available now as a free download from the Android Market.