Oct 5th, 2010

skypeIf you’re a Skype user and Android lover, you have been previously disappointed that  the Skype Android application was available on a select number of handset/carriers. But it appears your time may have come, as Skype just announced the release of Skype for Android saying, “with this latest release, the majority of smart phone users globally will now be able to experience the benefits of Skype.”

Go ahead. Fire up Android Market. I’ll wait here.

Okay, now test out some of the features they boast about in the release:

  • 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

The Phandroid Team uses Skype on a regular basis. And by regular basis I mean daily. We’re big fans of the service and this will only help us stay more in touch and provide even better coverage. Definitely love what they’ve got going on and look forward to continued improvements.

What do you like about Skype and what else would you like to see in Skype for Android?