Skype 2.0 for Android hits more handsets

Skype for Android launched back in October 2010 and upgraded to Skype 2.0 back in June with one major problem – Only four handsets were able to access its video calling functionality. That's not the case anymore.

Those four handsets have now increased to a total of 17, many of which are available in the UK. Initially, it was limited to the Samsung Google Nexus S, Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro and HTC Desire S. But now the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy S, HTC Desire, HTC Sensation, HTC Evo 3D, HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire HD, HTC Flyer, Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray, Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro and the Acer A5 are compatible. Great news if you own – or plan on owning – any of those phones.

Note that all of those phones must be upgraded to at least Android 2.2 if they are not already running it. Even with that, only the back camera will work – you'll need Anddroid 2.3 to access video calling via the front-facing camera. Once that is sorted, you'll be able to access Skype-to-Skype IM, calls and video calls over 3G or Wi-Fi. If you don't follow those steps, just the IM and voice calls will be available, along with the option to post status updates via the service.

Of course, you'll need the app too, which is free to download at the Android Market right now.

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