28
May
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Since Skype pulled their app from the Android Market, allowing access only for Verizon customers, the rest of us have been left wondering if we’ll see a Skype app re-appear on the market for all carriers.

Fortunately, Skatter Tech were wondering the exact same thing, and asked Skype for details on their future plans for Android. When asked about the availability of the app to users on all carriers, Brianna Reynaud from Skype PR answered

We will be bringing a direct to consumer app to the Android marketplace later this year. This application will be available for all consumers globally to download regardless of carriers. (i.e. similar to how we offer the iPhone app today)

This is great news in itself, but with devices on the market such as the EVO 4G, with front facing cameras, video calling could also be a possibility in the future. When asked about video call support in future versions of Skype, the response was extremely positive

Skype envisions a world where video plays a larger role in the way we communicate. The next generation innovation involving video calling will not be bound to the computer. We’re seeing a proliferation of video calling shared between all kinds of connected devices… it will eventually be coming to mobile devices too. We’re betting big on video, and we intend to set the bar on mobile video calling, and it’s something we’re going to do this year.

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Despite the enthusiastic response, Reynaud may have jumped the gun a little. Skatter Tech updated their story this morning after they received a phone call from Skype’s PR team who mentioned that they may have jumped the gun on announcing video chat. At this time, it is uncertain if video chat will make it into the final build.

Hopefully, Skype will include a lot of features in their app, with or without video chat. I’d certainly be happy as long as I could place international VoIP calls with my Skype account, as that’s my main use of Skype, and a feature most mobile apps don’t support.

Source: Skatter Tech

John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

  • georgm

    I'd rather like to see a jingle client with voice and video chat. Since more or less every android owner has a jabber id, there would be a user base for this. And it should support not only google accounts, but all jabber servers.
    Open standards rock!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      While other products would be great too but I would definitely want to see Skype out not for just Verizon. It's not just about what underlying method is used but that I have a ton of contacts that are exclusively on Skype and not other IM networks.

      Looking forward to Skype + EVO 4G video chat.