Skype for Android updated: your device now likely supports video calling

Daniel Bader

August 4, 2011 1:35pm

Skype for Android has been updated to version 2.1, and in the familiar Android vein, device support is slowly being added with each iteration. This one brings video calling to 17 new products, including the popular Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant, HTC Desire and Desire HD (even though they don’t have front-facing cameras), HTC Sensation and Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, among others.

While the Nexus S has support video calling for a couple months now, it was the only widely-released device in Canada to support the protocol, so it’s with some relief that we report this. One caveat is that a supported device needs to be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but initial reports say that explicitly turning on Video support in the settings can enable the feature in Android 2.2 Froyo.

We haven’t had a chance to try out the feature yet, but it’s nice to know that Android users are getting some video calling love, especially after the fragmented way in which front-facing cameras have been proliferating the market in recent months.

Have you ever made a video call on your Android device? Let us know! Full device list after the break:

Samsung Galaxy S II
Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Droid Charge – Verizon
Samsung Galaxy Tab
HTC Desire (2.2)
HTC Thunderbolt – Verizon
HTC Sensation
HTC Evo 4G
HTC Evo 3D
HTC Incredible S
HTC Desire HD
HTC Flyer
LG Revolution – Verizon (2.2)
Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY
Sony Ericsson Xperia ray
Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro
Acer A5

Source: Skype via Android Police


    ……. finally !!! now I can move to Wind.

  • Tom

    Skype generally works well on my Android, but it is very obnoxious: it makes it difficult to exit the program in an attempt to force you to leave it running, and that seems to consume a lot of battery.

    I wish Google Talk would let me call landlines from my phone as it does from my browser.

    • bob

      It’s possible to use the free goole north america calling feature on an android phone but it requires some setup

    • bob

      also there are many better&cheaper alternatives to skype for phone calls

  • Picks

    I just tried it on my LG 2X (P999)and i saw no settings for video calls nor did i see a video call button on any of my contacts I will be awaiting for Skype 2.2 for android i guess

  • Alex Perrier


  • Mary

    Oh the Joy’s of Androids

  • JV

    didn’t work on My Samsung Galaxy s 2 either. wasn’t in my skype settings… looks like this is a USA only feature. LAME

    • Ivan

      I see it on my settings page on my Bell Galaxy S2, are you sure you updated your skype to the newest version?

  • Michael R

    works here on my nexus s!! im in canada
    I had to enable it in the setting section

  • Vasyl

    Works on my Sensation. Unabled in the setting section.

  • Jerry

    I had problems with it on my Galaxy S2. I couldn’t make a phone call from my contacts. Every time I would try and call one of my contacts it would bring up the Skype page. I installed it on Sunday and deleted it yesterday. Hopefully the update fixes everything.

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  • Z

    Does Skype still need all those ridiculous permissions like SD card access?

  • Dizzle

    Gotta love that oz accent…

    but seriously..what’s with her teeth? Too much ice cream and not brushing i guess

  • GMan

    I just tried it on my HTC Incredible S. Video calling works!

  • grimconch

    Works fine on my Incredible S, Galaxy S works fine with rear camera.

  • Lucas

    No Droid 3/XT860 yet 🙁 hopefully in 2.2

  • Heythere

    It works fine on my Captivate
    It’s just kind of weird using the back camera

  • GlobalDrew

    I have a galaxy q. Its a cell not a tablet. Running froyo 2.2.2 and cannot activate video calling