Skype has finally announced its app for wide range of Android phones. The new app is loaded with features that allow users to make free Skype-to-Skype calls, send and receive IMs for free or call phones over WiFi or 3G. However, the app is available for smartphones powered by Android 2.1 or higher version of the OS. That’s a bit strange considering the large number of smartphones with lower version of Android OS still in use, at least in India.
This coveted app should have ideally been introduced long back owing to the increasing acceptance of Android OS. But it’s better late than never. At present Skype for Android supports features which include Instant messaging (IM), Group IM, Skype-to-Skype calling, Calling phones and mobiles, Synchronizing with Android phone book ,Call forwarding , Receiving Skype calls and calls to Online Numbers. Skype-to-Skype calls over 3G are free. However, operator data charges may apply while using Skype over a 3G or WiFi mobile data connection. Features like Skype video calling, Voicemail, Skype SMS and File transfer are currently not supported for Android apps. Users can download the app either from the Android market or from the Skype website http://skype.com/m. The detailed instructions on how to use Skype for Android phones can be found here.
According to the Skype official blog, the app has been tested on HTC and Motorola devices with Android OS 2.1 and above. The developers have reported some compatibility issues with Samsung Galaxy S, which are being worked upon. So are you ready to give this app a try? Do let me know what you think of the new app.