New York, Jul 1: The internet telephony service Skype has announced the launch of its updated app for Android devices. The new Skype for Android 2.0 brings Skype Video Calling service to various Android powered mobiles and tablets.
With the new version, users will be able to make and receive free2 1-to-1 video calls over Skype between their Android phone and other Skype contacts on the iPhone, Mac, Windows PCs and even TVs3. The new Skype for Android with video works over Wi-Fi or 3G data connections.
"We are committed to bring Skype Video Calling to as many platforms as possible and are delighted to deliver on this with our new updated Skype for Android app," said Neil Stevens, Skype's vice president and general manager for product and marketing.
"With approximately 30 million concurrent users logging into Skype at any given time4 and making up to half a million simultaneous video calls5 , Skype for Android with video makes it even easier for users to share moments with their contacts wherever they are," he added.
In addition to video calls, users can also make calls to landlines and mobiles around the world, as well as send SMS's to friends and family anywhere in the world at great Skype rates.
The new Skype for Android introduces a complete redesign user interface. There's a new main menu on the Skype app for Android where users can navigate easily through their contacts, access their Skype profile to change personal details or see the balance of their Skype Credit.
Users can download the new Skype for Android for free from Android Market or Skype website. The company, which was recently acquired by software giant Microsoft, said that the video calling facility is available on HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro and the Google Nexus S.
The new video chat service for Android was announced the amidst the rumours on Skype's plan to launch a new app exclusively for Apple iconic tablet iPad.