Skype releases mobile application for Android users

VOIP calling service lands on Google's mobile OS

Android joins iPhone with Skype addition

Android handset owners are to be offered the same VOIP features as their iPhone sporting counterparts as Skype finally releases its mobile application on Google’s Android Marketplace.

Available for Android devices running version 2.1 or above the Skype app will allow for free Skype-to-Skype calls over Wi-Fi and 3G connections as well as access to its IM chat service that allows multiple friends to communicate simultaneously.

As well as offering a host of calling and IM features, the now available and free to download app hosts the ability to sync Skype friends with the contact profiles of your phone’s address book.

Speaking on the launch of the Android based application and its limitations to Android incarnations 2.1 and above, Skype’s Product Manager, Mark Douglas said: "We wanted to give our customers an optimal experience. Our codec offers very good quality audio, and to produce the quality we want needed to target handsets with bigger processors.”

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