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Skype 2.5 for Android announced: Video calls come to Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola Xoom and more

Good news video calling fans; Skype has just announced an update to its Android app, which sees videocall support rolling out to a greater number of devices.

According to the release, devices including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Motorola Xoom tablets as well as dual-core smartphones like the LG Optimus 3D and 2X with Skype for Android version 2.5

Sony Ericsson’s mid-range Live with Walkman and Neo V phones can also make Back to the Future-style video calls as well. Nice to see that Skype is rolling this feature out to all flavours and styles of Android phones, not just the pricey high-enders.

Just don’t accept Needles’s dare when he calls you though, you might lose your job.

The full published list of supported phones is as follows:

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

Obviously there’s some regional variants in this list like the Droid 3, which we haven’t got on our home UK turf; we’re also a little suspect about the Nexus One being included in that line-up. Last time we checked, that phone didn’t have a front-facing camera. But maybe you’ll be able to at least see the person on the other end, which would be a little one-sided.

This aside, Skype is saying that now over 40 Android phones can make video calls via its app, which is pretty darn sweet.

Version 2.5 of Skype for Android also includes improved support for Bluetooth headsets as well. Again, we can’t see Nexus One owners having much joy here, unless of course they’ve not updated to the accursed 2.3.6 Gingerbread yet; the update which rolled out on Monday has been giving some users with Bluetooth headsets no end of grief.

When we have a spare moment, we’ll have a play around with the new version of Skype for Android and post our results up here.

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