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Skype has just released a major update for Android users, with the Android application now supporting video calls. It’s a big step which now puts the Android application functionality on a par with the iPhone application.

Android 2.1+ users can get the new Skype from the Android Market. Samsung Galaxy S users will need to be running Android 2.2 to use this version of Skype. Skype Video chat should run on the following handsets: Google Nexus S, HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro. Other handsets will be supported in the future.

To make one-to-one video calls using Skype, your phone will need to have a front-facing camera. Video calls can be made to any other Skype-enabled video device, while regular calls, IM chat and SMS can still be sent at cheap rates to other devices. Skype video calls are possible via Wi-Fi or 3G network connections.

The Skype video update comes with a redesign of the Skype Android interface, making it easier to set moods, check your account balance and navigate the system. It’s very easy to sort your contacts using groups or availability, so it makes communication just that little bit simpler.

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Source: Android Market

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