World VoIP NewsSkype VoIP technologies for Android family handset
Skype VoIP technologies for Android family handset
Skype has released officially the application for Android mobile handsets that was created for smartphones running Android OS version 2.1 and above. It is reported by company’s officials that new release has been tested on HTC's , Desire and Legend phones, Google Nexus One and Motorola's Milestone as well as Milestone XT710.
However, some restraints are introduced also, once the application may work on other Android phones and Skype cannot guarantee the quality, and for sure, it will not work on phones with screen resolutions less than 480×320 pixels. Moreover, the new Skype for Android also does not interoperable with the Samsung’s Galaxy S, though Skype promised to fix it up later.
The owners of Android OS 2.1 or above can install Skype and use it for either a WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G). In the continental U.S. the application can be utilized only through WiFi, not via 3G. Skype did not deliver an comments for this limitation, though it was initially the same procedures for Skype designed for the iPhone: at the iPhone Skype was operational only via Wifi, but it was upgraded later on.
Notwithstanding the shortcomings and caveats, numerous many Android consumers may welcome the application as a way of saving money and minutes: previous Skype wireless release, such as Skype for Verizon, used the subscriber's wireless carrier plan minutes, whereas the Skype for Android will use only a subscriber's pre-paid Skype minutes.
Skype officials described the new Android application’s capabilities as follows:
- Free of charge Skype-to-Skype communications via WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G) anywhere globally using Skype’s SILK codec for CD-like audio quality.
- Calls through the mobile data connection are not available for U.S. consumers;
- Low-rate Skype calls to landline or mobile phones;
- Instant messaging to one or a group of friends on Skype;
- The option of synchronization of contacts between Skype and the native address book and after synchronization process Skype calls are processed directly from the native address book;
- A outlook of Skype current contacts who are online and available to call or chat;
- The ability to import names and numbers to the Skype application from the native address book in a handy and user friendly way;
- The option of receive calls on a Skype online number.
Mark Douglas, product manager for Android said, “The Skype experience is ubiquitous today. More and more people are using Skype to do things together when apart. With the addition of Android, we are pleased that Skype is now available on three of the most popular mobile platforms today: Android, iOS and Symbian.”Skype for Android is available today for download from the Android Market; however, there are some reports on illegal download already available from hackers.
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