The thing we've long-loved about Skype is the ability to conduct a video chat with relative ease, but it wasn't until just last week that you could video chat right from your iOS devices. That's why we wanted to take a minute to show you how to utilize Skype's new video calling features.
After what seems like an eternity, Skype has updated their iOS app to version 3.0, bringing long-awaited two-way video calling -- and they’ve bested Apple’s own FaceTime by allowing such calls over 3G data connections.
With the debut of a front-facing camera on the iPhone 4 back in June and Apple’s big push for video calling with FaceTime, many have speculated when a major VoIP service such as Skype will take advantage of it. It seems the stars may be aligning for CES in January, as some clues have started to pop up this month.
When Skype announced the new version of their VoIP software for Windows, many Mac users were left wondering if they were ever going to be invited to join in the fun. Well, we finally got our invitation, because today Skype announced that Mac users everywhere will be bumped up to first-class with a heck of an update.
The new beta version of Skype 5.0 for the Mac includes five new features that will surely give the application a heck of a face lift. Not only is there a new user interface, but Skype will now include group video calling, Mac Address Book integration, a new Contacts display, and a whole new call control bar.
We got a chance to use the beta and have been testing it for the past few days, and we can say with certainty that we like what we see.
Remember not so long ago when Skype had a very public dispute with third-party app developer fring and disabled that company’s use of their API? It appeared that another such service, Nimbuzz, was in the clear -- until now.
Skype released a new version of their desktop client for Windows today. Skype 5.0 adds multiple social networking features, including the ability to integrate with Facebook, group video calling, SMS to Facebook friends, and a completely revamped user interface. But, if you're a Mac user, there's no need to try to update your Skype client, because you won't find an update anywhere in sight.
There was a collective sigh of relief when a new version of Skype showed up in the App Store on Wednesday, adding iOS 4 multitasking and the ability to run the app in the background, allowing you to receive calls or chats anytime. There’s just one problem: It doesn’t work if your device is jailbroken.
Skype updated its iPhone application today to enable push notifications for incoming calls, notifications for incoming chat messages, and multitasking for iOS 4. With multitasking, you can keep your VoIP call going while you close the application to navigate through your device--even over 3G. There's also an announcement that may shock some Skype users.
Last week, we reported that video calls through Skype were available through the Fring app for iPhone. Today, we've received unfortunate news that the internet communication app has been asked to drop its Skype interconnectivity. This news comes as a bit of a shock, especially because Skype has been available through Fring for four years.