Skype for Android adds video calling to 17 new devices, Android Gingerbread requiredThe Nexus S, Xperia neo, Xperia pro and Desire S are not the only cool kids on the block able to enjoy Skype video calling. Today, Skype announced support for 17 additional Android handset, bringing the grand total up to 21 devices capable of cross pollinating in video calls with other smartphones, tablets and PCs. Sounds good, but are you ready to hear the catch?

If your smartphone is running Android Froyo, video calls will be limited to the rear-facing camera. The issue has nothing to do with Skype, but instead is a result of a limitation of Froyo. Put simply, you’ll need Android Gingerbread in order to use both rear and front-facing cameras. Now that you’ve heard the bad news, let’s breakdown the list of 17.

Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Droid Charge, Samsung Galaxy Tab, HTC Desire, HTC Thunderbolt, HTC Sensation, HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire HD, HTC Flyer, LG Revolution, Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, Sony Ericsson Xperia ray, Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro and Acer A5.

We’d say that’s not a bad haul for the second update to Skype for Android with video calling. Own one of the new 17 supported devices? Let us know how the app is working out.

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  • Anonymous

    #Skypefail   No Asus Transformer support.    Ignoring the best selling Android tablet is epic fail on Skypes part, but then now being a Microsoft outfit, I guess it’s all part of the plan…

  • Adrian Parr

    Yeah, where is tablet support. I own a Motorola Xoom and would love Skype video calling on that.

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