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Skype adds video calling for Galaxy Tab 10.1, Xoom, Droid Bionic & more. Oh, and advertisements, too!

September 29, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

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Skype has added 14 new devices to its list of supported phones and tablets capable of Skype video calling on Android.The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola Droid Bionic headline the list of new devices, however the real star of this update is the new advertising platform that Skype is introducing into its suite of products.

Advertisements have appeared in the Skype PC/Mac desktop clients since March, but today marks the first time that sponsored advertisements have appeared in the mobile application. Banner ads slowly roll up from the bottom of the screen when browsing the Contacts or Recent tabs only – they do not appear on the calling screen or when having a conversation. We’ve known this was coming for some time and the ads are unobtrusive, so there’s no reason to complain yet. Another reassuring feature is that these ads do no appear if a user has Skype Credit or a subscription plan.

Other features of the new version of the app includes the always present but never clear promise of “bug fixes and performance enhancements.” What’s that? Forgive me, I’m being told by the voices in my head that Skype actually has detailed which fixes were made. In fact, there’s a thorough breakdown on the Skype blog that you can read here, as well as find tips for known issues and bugs not yet addressed. For a quick breakdown of the basics, I’m summarize the headlines.

  • Users can easily switch between portrait and landscape viewing modes during video calls
  • Message history tab groups instant messages, calls, etc like the desktop version
  • Most Bluetooth headsets actually work with Skype now
  • Added the ability to edit or delete instant messages
  • Users can now join a Skype call from the app
  • Added emoticons (the smiley faces :) :( :0 )

Hit up the Android Market to download the new version of Skype for Android. The list of new Android phones and tablets that support Skype is below.

  • Acer Iconia tablet
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • HTC Nexus One
  • HTC Shooter
  • Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman
  • Sony Ericsson neo V
  • LG Optimus Black
  • LG Optimus 3D
  • LG Optimus 2x
  • Motorola Photon
  • Motorola Atrix
  • Motorola Xoom
  • Motorola Droid Bionic
  • Motorola Droid 3