Skype expands Android support

  • The official Skype for Android app is now compatible with more than a dozen new handsets, making voice and video calling possible for a new slate of Android users. The new version of the app, version 2.5, adds support for 14 new phones, including the Droid Bionic, Optimus 2x, Nexus One, Droid X, and Atrix 4G.

    In addition, support has finally been added for the Galaxy Tab and Xoom tablets. This brings the total number of Android devices that can access the app to 41. Here's the complete list of new devices in this latest update:

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
    Acer Iconia Tab
    Motorola Xoom
    HTC Nexus One
    HTC Shooter
    Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
    Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
    LG Optimus Black
    LG Optimus 3D
    LG Optimus 2x
    Motorola Photon
    Motorola Droid 3
    Motorola Bionic
    Motorola Atrix

    In addition to adding new device support, the app update also packs in some feature enhancements, including the ability to switch between portrait and landscape modes during video chat. There are also new advertisements that will start showing up on the screen to help monetize the app, and several bugs have been fixed with the update.

    The Skype app has been frustrating for many because of its limited support. Constraints placed not only on the hardware but also on the carriers associated with those phones have restricted the VoIP company from rapid expansion.