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Skype video calling comes to more phones through hacked APK

July 1, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

Android Hacks

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Yesterday’s announcement that the Skype video calling on Android is finally an option excited many. At least it did until Skype revealed that only a handful of phones are able to have mobile-to-mobile and Android phone to desktop video calls. Everyone left on the outside looking in can rectify that problem with a hacked version of Skype posted to VillainRom last night.

It turns out that Skype’s method for enabling video calls is as simple as creating a manifest that says which phones are allowed to use it – Nexus S, HTC Desire S, and Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo and Pro. Developer pulse_g2 simply created a workaround that then opened up video chat for a variety of phones that are not officially supported.

There’s no central list of phones that are successful in running Skype video calls, but I’m unable to successfully place or take a call on my HTC EVO 4G running CyanogenMod. There were some glitches as the camera crashed and audio sounds like a Kanye West circa-2002 remix of an Alvin and the Chipmunks song. However, I’ve seen a few reports of people successfully running this on their Samsung Galaxy S 2 and even on an SE Xperia Arc’s rear camera, so it seems to be a crapshoot. Here’s how to test if the app will work with your device.

  1. Download the hacked Skype app from VillainROM.
  2. Uninstall the existing Skype app you got from the Android Market (Open Market app and press Menu > My Apps > Skype > Uninstall)
  3. Copy the Skype apk from your computer to phone and enable installs from untrusted sources if you haven’t already (read full tutorial here).
  4. Install the new Skype and login.
  5. Select “Contacts” and a list of your online Skype friends will appear. People with the video icon next to their names can be called. Tap on that person and you’re good to go.

via XDA Thanks, Jeremy