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Video Phone: Skype 2.1 App Hits HTC, Samsung ‘Droids

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The Skype 2.1 for Android app with video, announced recently, has reached out to another whopping 17 handsets: including HTC’s Desire (2.2), Desire HD, Evo 3D, Flyer, Incredible S, Sensation, as well as Samsung’s Galaxy S, S II, Galaxy Tab. 

Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro, Xperia PLAY, Xperia ray and Acer A5 smartphones have also been included in the mix. 

“Today we are pleased to announce that with the release of Skype 2.1 for Android, we are rolling out video support for an additional 17 of the most popular Android devices.”

In addition, Skype 2.1 for Android update includes bug fixes and performance enhancements, which will “further boost the user experience,” the VoIP experts said today. 

However, if your phone isn’t in the above list, don’t fret. 

Users on Android 2.2 Froyo and above, should still be able to enable video calling in your Skype settings: go to ‘Skype settings’ after launching the app and select ‘enable video calling.’

But if you cant see the video calling settings, it means your handset does not meet the requirements needed. 

And, “be aware that video call quality may not be as good as on a certified Android device and only the back camera of the device will work if your device is running on Android 2.2,” says Skype. 

Download the updated Skype for Android app from the Android Market or Skype.com/m using the Android phone browser.