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Skype updated for Android with media sharing on phones and tablets

Popular VoIP software company Skype has released a new version of its application for the Google mobile OS, in version 2.6 - which allows for the sending and receiving of pictures and video from inside of the app itself.

Skype 2.6 for Android brings in aspects of the desktop client, only now on an Android based mobile phone or tablet and with the ability to pass along media, which even includes documents within an instant message.

This works on both WIFI and 3G, although Skype do recommend an ‘unlimited' data plan away from WIFI. This could mean that there isn't any data compression and the bigger files will eat away at the phone's accompanying data allowance.

The new application is also said to improve on battery life for devices running the app, along with video quality too - where the new version has better support for tablet chipsets.

2.6 has been reworked for Nvidia Tegra 2 chips, which can be found in the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. This is all solely for improving video playback and Skype can now utilise the full screen, for better video calling.

The new Skype application is available for the Android ‘Froyo' 2.2 OS and above, with the company also supporting the likes of the HTC Amaze 4G and Motorola Driod Razr in the USA.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.