Android app news: Skype update brings free video calls

Skype users can now make iPhone-Android video calls

New functionality brings free video calls over Wi-Fi and 3G.

Skype has launched a new version of its app for Android 2.0 phones, adding one massive feature - video calling.

The new version of the app will be available to owners of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo, HTC Desire S, Google Nexus S and Xperia Pro and will allow free video calls over Wi-Fi and 3G.

As well as that FaceTime-killing piece of functionality, video calls can now also be made between multiple platforms, meaning you can use your Skype enabled Android 2.0 phone to call PCs, Macs, Smart TVs and, yes, iOS devices like the iPhone.

The application, which is only available on an annoyingly-limited number of phones boasting Android 2.0 and above, has also had a lick of paint. You can take a look at the new features in the video promo below.

The new Android 2.0 app comes as Skype prepares to launch an official app for the Apple iPad, meaning there's very few platforms left for Skype to colonise with its free video calling extravaganza.

Link: Skype (via TechRadar)