More than 40 handsets now compatible
So far, if you've had Skype access on your Android phone you've been part of a lucky minority. But now that access is starting to expand.
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The new version of Skype for Android, 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
HTC Nexus One
Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
LG Optimus Black
LG Optimus 3D
LG Optimus 2x
Motorola Droid 3
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.