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Skype now available on Android handsets

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It is a good day for Skype users who happen to own an Android handset: Skype is now available for download on the Android Marketplace, catering for all your calling needs.

Skype, to those who have managed to miss it, is a voice client that allows you to make Skype-to-Skype calls over WiFi or a mobile data connection, which includes GPRS, EDGE and 3G.

Originally on desktop only, the new mobile version lets you make low-rate calls to landline or mobile phones. You can also send and receive messages instantly from a group of friends on Skype via its built-in chat function.

Other features include the ability to see if any of your Skype contacts are online, saving you ringing someone who is not available, synchronisation of contacts between Skype and the native address book, easy imports of names and numbers and ‘CD-like audio quality’.

Mark Douglas, Product Manager of Android said: “The Skype experience is ubiquitous today. More and more people are using Skype to do things together when apart. With the addition of Skype, we are pleased that Skype is now available on three of the most popular mobile platforms today: Android, iOS and Symbian”

Skype for Android is available right now to download, if your device is sporting Android 2.1 or above – its price is free.

In the US, Skype for Android works over WiFi only. Skype for Android is not available in China and Japan at this moment.

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