Android App of the Week: Skype 2.1 Opens Up Video Calling for More Mobile Phones

Last month, Skype rolled out video calling for Android phones running Android 2.2 (Froyo) or above. Many Android handsets were not compatible with that release. As promised, they are compatible with the Skype 2.1 update, available now from the Android Market.

The new handsets that can now run video calling with Skype are as follows:

  • Acer A5
  • HTC Desire (2.2)
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC Evo 3D
  • HTC Evo 4G
  • HTC Flyer
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Thunderbolt – Verizon (2.2) (U.S. Only)
  • LG Revolution – Verizon (2.2) (U.S. Only)
  • Samsung Droid Charge – Verizon (2.2) (U.S. Only)
  • Samsung Galaxy S
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray


According to Skype, even if your device isn’t listed, you should still be able to go into Skype’s settings and select ‘enable video calling’ manually. This is provided that you are running at least Froyo and have a handset that meets minimum requirements for video calling, so if you can’t manually change the settings, you’re out of luck. For everyone with a fairly up-to-date Android phone, though, this release means, officially, you can finally go nuts on your Skype video calling.

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