なぜか今日まで世の中になかったもののひとつ、AndroidSkypeアプリがリリースされました。Skype同士の無料通話やIMはもちろん、有料で固定・携帯電話向け通話も可能と、Skypeアプリとして期待されるものをおおむね備えています。対象プラットフォームはAndroid 2.1以上で、HTC DesireNexus Oneでは動作確認済。一方でGalaxy Sについては動作に問題があり、解決に向けて取り組み中とのことです。

Skypeとスマートフォンの組み合わせについては、かつて固定回線で聞かれたような帯域タダ乗り論争があり、iOS向けアプリでは3G通話に課金する計画が撤回になったり、Skype互換を謳っていたFringがビデオ通話対応に先乗りして締め出されたりと、なにかと議論をかもしていますが、Android版でも米国では3G通話ができない(通話はWiFi環境のみ)と制限が課せられています。もっとも、裏を返せば米国外では3G通話ができるということ。ただしそもそも日本と中国は「現時点では」アプリのリリース対象範囲外です。日本・中国以外の方は公式サイトから、あるいはAndroidマーケットからどうぞ。続きにはプレスリリースと公式動画を掲載しています。



Skype for Android™ Now Available

LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Skype today announced the release of Skype for Android™, a client for mobile handsets, built for smartphones running Android OS version 2.1 or above. With this latest release, the majority of smart phone users globally will now be able to experience the benefits of Skype on the move using either a WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G) 1. Skype for Android is downloadable for free from the Android Market or consumers can visit www.skype.com/m to find out more details about how to get the application.

Skype for Android enables users to:

Make free Skype-to-Skype calls over WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G)* to other Skype users anywhere in the world using Skype's SILK codec for CD-like audio quality.
Make low rate Skype calls to landline or mobile phones
Send and receive instant messages to one or a group of friends on Skype
Synchronize contacts between Skype and the native address book and after synchronization place Skype calls directly from the native address book.
See when Skype contacts are online and available to call or chat
Easily import names and numbers to the Skype application from the native address book
Receive calls on their Skype online number

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 Android, we are pleased that Skype is now available on three of the most popular mobile platforms today: Android, iOS and Symbian"

Skype for Android™ works on compatible handsets running Android OS v2.1 and above and has been tested successfully by Skype on HTC Desire, HTC Legend, Google Nexus One, Motorola Milestone XT720, and Motorola Milestone. It may work on other Android phones, but we can't guarantee full functionality or compatibility. We're aware of some problems with the Samsung Galaxy S, and we're looking to address these in the future. Skype for Android™ supports the following languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese & Traditional Chinese.

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

*Operator charges may apply when consumers use data or roam over 3G, EDGE, GPRS.



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Android版 Skypeアプリ、日本・中国以外でリリース
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