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Skype's Android client now supports cross-platform video calling, so mobile users can see desktop users and no one has to feel jealous of Apple's FaceTime any more. The new capability is limited to four models of Android handset, the Desire S, Xperia Neo and Pro and (of course) the Nexus S, but if you have one of those phones …

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waiting for the MS haters to come along here

So...this is a new non-Windows version from Skype - the company which, when it was bought by Microsoft, everyone said would kill off non-WIndows versions.

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Happy

Skype

There is now a mod at XDA for Samsng Galaxy SGS/SGS11, and it works very well.

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and no one has to feel jealous of Apple's FaceTime any more

Was anyone ever jealous of facetime?

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Anonymous Coward

Was anyone ever jealous of facetime?

Only iPad 1 and 3GS owners. Probably.

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WTF?

Thank F for that

How long did that take them? Seriously?!

Fring and NimBuzz had it so long ago, Skype should have bought of them out instead of shutting them down.

Too late now, though; everyone's looking for better (or "non-MS") alternatives.

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Oh

meh, I found the Android client to be horrific and binned it within hours.

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What a surprise.

I just dropped by the comments section to make some snide comments about their programming prowess, and how I hope they got an external team to build something decent. Looks like I don't need to.

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Looked interesting then..

I read the reviews on the market.

Oh dear.

Think I'll wait for the non-beta version.

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FAIL

Just in time...

...for me to start looking for an alternative to Skype now it's part of the evil empire.

Yup, fully paid up, card carrying MS hater here.

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Other choices

If you want to video chat from your Android device directly to Facetime folks, Tango is your answer.

If you want video chat with anybody on iOS, OS-X or PC, Google's Talk is a nice app that comes with Honeycomb that's available for free on the others.

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Google talk on Android

Unless you're using Android 2.3.4+ (still quite rare), you won't even have audio on Google Talk, let alone video.

In fact, the HTC Flyer tablet is just about to get a 2.3.4 release and it still doesn't have video.

I've been quite happy with Skype audio on Android, despite the haters. I don't have a device capable of running the video in this release though, unfortunately.

I don't think Microsoft will have had anything to do with this update, but wouldn't care if they had, unless it was obvious that they were holding back specific features for their own devices.

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It's all about service popularity (fame)

I agree that Tango.me is the no.1 choice when it comes to Anroid video chat but let's not forget the no.2 competitor in this area which is a recent startup called ooVoo.com - yahoo messenger also supports video chat using a dedicated plugin. So yes - sad but true - Skype's video support is late and very limited. Fring and NimBuzz were already mentioned in a different comment.

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Boffin

why these models and no others?

what's so special about the designated phones? is it the video chips? specific android release (gingerbread)?

thanks

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Yawn...

Maemo on N900 had Skype integrated video chat and Google Talk since its release on Nov. 2009.

Android is late to the party, but welcomed regardless...

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DANGER DANGER

Don't install this if you want the Skype client to automatically sign you in when you start the app. Every time you start the app (i.e. from not running) you _HAVE_ to enter your password. The previous version remembered it. Anyone know how to wind back to the previous version? Skype gets shittier and shittier as time goes on...

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Great app

Now in this era everyone wants fast & accurate service. In this fast and growing era every person use phones not only for the telecommunication but their expectaion is much more. Person wanty thought is also like that. to make their phone as a office computer. I am also running a business and my thought is also like that.

I have used varios android apps & found good result in return. One day i was just searching for some apps and find one. I thought to try tis one and start obseving it. You people will not believe that it is mindblowing. I am fully satisfied with this apps and will suggest you all to try this and you will be able to rate this.

http://www.peapple.com/peapple/Rapidfire.html

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I love android app

Now in this era everyone wants fast & accurate service. In this fast and growing era every person use phones not only for the telecommunication but their expectaion is much more. Person wanty thought is also like that. to make their phone as a office computer. I am also running a business and my thought is also like that.

I have used varios android apps & found good result in return. One day i was just searching for some apps and find one. I thought to try tis one and start obseving it. You people will not believe that it is mindblowing. I am fully satisfied with this apps and will suggest you all to try this and you will be able to rate this.

http://www.peapple.com/peapple/Rapidfire.html

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3G video?

Why is video on iPhones and Android such a big effort?

Bog standard 3G phones had video calling years ago and my 4 year old Windows Mobile 6 phone does video calling using the basic 3G standard, hence not limited like "facetime" users that can only see other "facetime" users or Skype to Skype only.

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