Skype for Android gets video calling with new update

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Owners of select Android phones with the Skype app today get an update that lets them use the popular VoIP client to make video calls too.

Working over both Wi-Fi and 3G connections, users can use both front facing cameras and rear facing cameras (usually of a higher quality) within the calls, using a spruced up interface to switch on the fly between the two.

It’s not only Android-to-Android video calling here either; you’ll also be able to video chat with Skype users on iPhone, Macs, Windows PCs and HDTVs with webcam functionality too, making it far more useful than the iOS-only FaceTime app from Apple.

There’s also a slew of other additions too, such as a more intuitve main menu and a “mood message box” letting you broadcast whether you’re happy, sad, confused, befuzzled or anything inbetween.

So far it’s only compatible with HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo, the soon-to-be-released Xperia Pro and Google Nexus S handsets, but those who can access the new features can get a quick preview by hitting the video above.

Gerald Lynch
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