Skype today announced the release of Skype for Android, a client for Android phones (Android OS 2.1 and above). The Android Skype app supports Wi-Fi and 3G calls. In the U.S. though only Wi-Fi is enabled. Skype for Android is downloadable for free from the Android Market.
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Skype for Android works on compatible handsets running Android OS v2.1 and above and has been tested successfully by Skype on HTC Desire, HTC Legend, Google Nexus One, Motorola Milestone XT720, and Motorola Milestone. Skype says that they are aware of some problems with the Samsung Galaxy S. This issues are supposed to be addressed in the future.
Features of the Skype for Android app include:
- Make free Skype-to-Skype calls over WiFi 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.
- Make low rate Skype calls to landline or mobile phones
- Send and receive instant messages to one or a group of friends on Skype
- Synchronize contacts between Skype and the native address book and after synchronization place Skype calls directly from the native address book.
- See when Skype contacts are online and available to call or chat
- Easily import names and numbers to the Skype application from the native address book
- Receive calls on their Skype online number
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