Heads up: Skype for Android now allows you to send video voicemails

With Facebook already testing their VoIP service in some areas, it appears as if the Microsoft owned Skype wants to show the world they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Hitting Android, iOS and OSX clients, the new feature gives users the ability to record and send up to 3 minutes of video to loved ones anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, it looks like this will be a paid feature and although specific pricing hasn’t been announced, the Skype app does show that freeloaders are given 20 free video messages to begin, with more (unlimited?) given to those subscribed to Skype’s premium service.

With so many ways to send video (apps like Send It are an easy way), do you guys see this as a feature you yourselves will be using? Or does this seem like more of a perk for those already paying for premium? Hey, Microsoft — add a self destruct option and the kids will be jumping all over this. Hop into your Skype app for Android to give the new feature a spin for yourselves.

[via Engadget | Google Play: Skype]

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  • h4rr4r

    Google needs to add this to talk, ASAP.
    This is such a simple thing it should have always been available in this kind of way. Right now you have to record the video, post to drive and share the file. Other better solutions are too technical for the people watching what you produce.

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      I’m hoping Google has a lot to announce at I/O this year one of those things being a completely overhauled Google Talk with picture messaging, video messages (like Skype), and file transfers.

      I don’t get why Google is slacking so much on this. Maybe cuz they haven’t figured out a way to monetize it just yet? :/

      • scoter man1

        Hahaha, here’s a 15 second advertisement before your video plays…

      • Albert Naranjo

        I am sure Google could monetize video messages. They already have great technology like Google Voice Search and Google Goggles. That tech could be used to collect even more info about you. If your video message has a Samsung LED tv in the background, then they could then start advertising LG televisions to you. Video message in the kitchen with a box of Frosted Flakes sitting on the counter, then you start getting ads from Cheerios. Start talking about the new car you just bought, start getting ads for auto insurance. Possibilities are endless… and I think Google has the tech to make it happen.

        • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

          Nah, Google would never Scroogle their users :p

    • a.d.AM

      I think this would be a better feature in Gmail actually. Although with a unified messenger you could just hit the video button next to a contact and you can have an option to go live chat if they’re available or videomail somebody. Doesn’t seem super difficult but I’m not a dev.

  • Ivan Padilla

    Fap Time

  • Nate Stiles

    I noticed this the other day. Video Voicemail, shouldn’t it be Videomail?

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      Well, it’s like… voicemail… with video. Voicemail is the noun and video is the adjetive. Sh*t, you got me. -_-

  • Christopher Robert

    Dude Chris next time you are doing a Video Voicemail maybe think about putting on a shirt and taming the bed head lol… jk…

    • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

      >.<

    • CoolBreeze_777

      Stare at my profile pic now then back at chris then back at me now look at no one but hear me. LMAO stop being so sensitive. SMH

  • maximillion82

    No way I’d pay for this feature sorry whatsapp was able to do that for years now