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)
  2. HTC SHOOTER (KDDI)
  3. Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
  4. Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
  5. Acer Iconia Tablet (A500)
  6. LG Optimus Black LANDSCAPE ONLY
  7. LG Optimus 3D 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).

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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.

Grab the update using our widget or by visiting the Market on your device.

Thanks, Omar!