Skype Brings Video Chat to Android

Big things have been happening for Skype lately and the world’s best known VOIP app is only getting bigger and better since they were purchased.

While some people thought there might be some problems when Microsoft decided to buy Skype back in May it appears that the only thing that has happened to the is that it has actually improved.  One of the biggest Skype news of recent memory is that there is finally going to be a Skype app specifically for the iPad after over a year of only being able to use the iPhone version.  Now there is a new feature for the Skype app for Android.

The Skype for Android app is now bringing video chat to select phones, which means that for the first time using an Android device you will be able to get the exact same effect as if you were able to use the iPhone.  Of course, as it seems with most new things that come to the Android phones, not all Android phones will be able to partake.  In total just a few phones, the Google Nexus S, HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo and Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro are the only phones that the video chat will actually work.

Of course, even those that don’t have the ability to use the video chat, will still be the beneficiaries of a couple of different new features.  Easy contact navigation is one of the newest features that are being made available with this update.  There will also be a new ability to put your “mood” on the new mobile application for Android so that even if you have the app running, you will be able to tell people that you aren’t really available at the moment.

Luckily there are a couple of workarounds that will allow those who have phones that aren’t currently supported in the Skype video chat so that people can use Skype to make their calls or in-app texts and use other apps such as Google Apps that will give you the video functioning.  Skype for Android has been available since October but this is the biggest update since its initial release.