Skype for Android, an app that gets almost as much love as it does hate, was updated to version 2.5 a few minutes ago. Because the last update unofficially opened up Skype to all 2.2+ devices, this time around Skype simply listed 13 more devices as whitelisted and approved for video chat capabilities:

  1. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (T-Mobile)
  3. Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
  4. Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
  5. Acer Iconia Tablet (A500)
  6. LG Optimus Black LANDSCAPE ONLY
  8. LG Optimus 2x LANDSCAPE ONLY
  9. Motorola Photon
  10. Motorola Droid3 LANDSCAPE ONLY
  11. Motorola Bionic LANDSCAPE ONLY
  12. Motorola Xoom
  13. Motorola Atrix

Notice how the list contains 13 devices, even though the changelog says 14. One of us clearly either can't count or doesn't sync up the description to the changelog 100% (I'm looking at you, Skype).


In addition to the whitelist, which notably contains a few tablets, Skype now supports:

  • Landscape video chat in addition to portrait (on some devices only landscape, as evident from the changelog above)
  • Double-tap to zoom
  • Revised Recent view - conversations now grouped around your contacts.
  • Improved support for Bluetooth headsets.
  • In-client advertising. (Advertising will not be shown to users that have Skype Credit, a Calling or Skype Premium subscription.)
  • It is possible to edit and delete IM messages.
  • Skype will no longer restart in the background when you sign out.

Notice the advertising bullet covertly sneaked in between features. Sure, Skype needs to make money, but I'm willing to bet that the amount of ads shown is going to be directly proportional to the amount of negative reviews. But hey, at least it's not as bad as desktop Skype, which shows me ads even though I do have both Skype Credit and a premium subscription.

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Thanks, Omar!

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
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  • DingieM

    I would expect the Asus Transformer be already on the list because its by far the most popular tablet, but then again, this society is anything but logical...

    • http://evert.meulie.net/ Evert

      I was hoping for the Transformer as well...

  • Daniel

    No Support for the Transformer?! I mean come'on!

  • Omar

    Where is the asus transformer? Are they crazy?

  • Antón

    From http://blogs.skype.com/en/2011/08/skype_21_for_android.html

    Is your device not on the list? No need to worry...
    For those of you using Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above, you should still be able to enable video calling in your Skype settings. Just go to "Skype settings" after launching the app and select "enable video calling".

  • SarcasticOne

    cmon transformer...
    everything i could find says the limitation was something to do with the tegra 2 chip not supporting a certain codec... but the xoom now does it

    hurry up skype

  • ek

    I'm super stoked that video calling is available on the A500!!

  • Brett Black

    Just tested on my Asus transformer and ithe video calling works great! Even though its not on the list it still works :D

  • http://www.cresta.gr BIT

    asus transformer?

  • speedy

    Two friends an I have tried on Transformer 3.2 and 3.2.1 - works fine! :-)

  • Sorin

    The only reason I tried it is because my friend has an iPod and can't video chat with him using GTalk, but Skype video didn't work either on Nexus One. Too bad. It's now uninstalled.

  • grace

    so galaxy tab 10.1 wifi wont work?

  • shem

    There is support for the for transformer because mine worked after the update.

  • Yvonne fye

    Looking for info on skype for vision tablet