Skype Launches Video Calling for AndroidBy: Chris Crum - June 30, 2011
Skype announced the launch of Skype video calling for Android devices. Users can make video calls with other Skype users on Android, iPhone, Mac, Windows, and TVs via 3G and/or Wi-Fi.
For the first phase of the launch, Skype for Android 2.0 is bringing video calling in the U.S. to the Google Nexus S. Skype is also working to make the app available on a wider range of Android handsets soon after launch.
“We are committed to bring Skype Video Calling to as many platforms as possible and are delighted to deliver on this with our new updated Skype for Android app,” said Neil Stevens, Skype’s vice president and general manager for product and marketing. “With approximately 30 million concurrent users logging into Skype at any given time and making up to half a million simultaneous video calls. Skype for Android with video makes it even easier for users to share moments with their contacts wherever they are.”
Skype says it has about 30 million concurrent users logging into the service at any given time, as well as half a million simultaneous video calls. This release should only help that number increase, as more Android devices continue to launch.
Skype was of course recently purchased by Google competitor Microsoft, and this shows that the company isn’t withholding a major part of its strategy from competing platforms.