Skype Is Bringing Video Chat to Android Soon

Skype hasn't exactly been able to take advantage of mobile growth, and they are even one of the last companies to bring video-chat to the Android platform. You'd think that the company who is leader in the desktop world for video-chatting would know better than that.

But at least it seems they are working on it. Back in May when they finally launched a Skype app for all users, although an underwhelming one, they promised that they would implement video-chatting into their app by the end of the year. Not much time is left till the end of the year, but they've just hired 20-30 Android and iOS developers, so maybe we can still see video-chatting on mobile Skype in time for holidays.

Skype is big, and it's used by many people for the purpose of video-chatting, however, I'm not so sure that 3rd party apps will dominate the mobile market. I think apps that are highly integrated with the OS will - like FaceTime and Google Talk Video that it's supposedly coming to Gingerbread. It's much easier to do video-chatting with just a tap like you're doing with FaceTime, and I assume the new Google Talk Video will work the same way.

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