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.
Here's some exciting news for developers and mobile phone manufacturers--Skype is launching a new software development kit (SDK), dubbed SkypeKit, that will enable device and software makers to integrate Skype functionality with their products.
The kit will include APIs for features like voice and video calling, instant messaging and Skype's audio formatting based on the SILK codec--basically, all of the features we know and love from the Skype clients on our desktops. Hopefully, this move will entail the inevitability of Skype becoming a native client in many of our favorite mobile applications.
The kit is available today for Linux, though Windows and Mac versions will be available in a few weeks.
A recent survey of new iPad owners sounding off on Twitter revealed that a whopping 26 percent were unhappy about the fact that the device couldn’t replace their iPhone. That got us thinking: What would it be like to spend a day with only the iPad?
Something that wasn't made clear in the
iPad announcement was the release of a new software development kit
(SDK) from Apple for app developers. In this case that's big news,
though, because it removed the restrictions on calling over 3G.
Today, Skype posted in their
blog that a new version of their iPhone software is coming that
will remove the Wi-Fi only limitation on Skype calls.
Just about all of us have been there at one point or another, we get a gift card to a store that is across town or one we don't shop at much, so we let it linger there in our desks, wallets, or purses. Then when we finally get around to using it, turns out our gift card had an expiration date!
Skype tried pulling that same little trick on their SkypeOut users, only things didn't go so well for the company.
Even before the launch of the original iPhone in 2007, rumors swirled in blogs and message boards that Apple might integrate a front-facing camera for video conferencing into the unit. It has yet to happen more than two years later, but that hasn’t stopped Israel-based fring from making at least one part of the puzzle a reality today.