Skype has now formally made the announcements for their release of Skype app in the Android market for use by the owners of Android devices. The app will serve as a client for mobile handsets. The app is mainly meant for the handsets running the Android OS version 2.1 (Éclair) or above. With this latest release from Skype, the mobile users will now be able to take full advantage of the useful facets of Skype on the go, with the use of either a Wi-Fi connection or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G).
The Skype app is available for download for free from the Android market, or consumers may even visit www.skype.com/m for the purpose of knowing more about the details as to how to get this application. The features which are to be enabled by the use of Skype are wonderful and appealing to be discussed. The users of Skype will be entitled to make free Skype-to-Skype calls over Wi-Fi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G)* to other Skype users anywhere in the world using Skype’s SILK codec for CD-like audio quality. Skype shall also enable the users to make low rate Skype calls to landline or mobile phones.
Allowing the users to send and receive instant messages to one or a group of friends on Skype, the app shall also provide for synchronization of contacts between Skype and the native address book and after synchronization place Skype shall make calls directly from the native address book. Apart from these, Skype shall even enable the users to see when Skype contacts are online and available to call or chat. The app shall provide for easy importing of names and numbers to the Skype application from the native address book, and even receive calls on their Skype online number.
Mark Douglas, Product Manager of 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”.
The functioning of Skype has been successfully tested on handsets as HTC Desire, HTC Legend, Google Nexus One, Motorola Milestone XT720, and Motorola Milestone. The app shall provide support for languages as Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. In the US, Skype for the Android devices works only over Wi-Fi, and at the present moment, the app for Android is not available in China and Japan. Also, operator charges will be applicable when the users shall make use of data or roam over 3G, EDGE, GPRS.
Skype is software that enables the world’s conversations. Millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls send instant messages and share files with other Skype users. Everyday people everywhere also use Skype to make low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles. Download Skype to your computer at www.skype.com. Visit skype.com/m on your phone to download.