It’s been a long time coming but the official Skype app for Android is now available via the Android Market. In many ways it seems strange that VoIP would be popular on a mobile device since it can already make phone calls, but the ability to make free Skype-to-Skype calls makes it a very attractive option for those who don’t have a huge number of inclusive minutes on their tariff.
Most Internet users have either used Skype in the past or at least know what it’s all about so that only leaves one important question. How good is the Skype Android app? Well generally the experience is pretty good, you do need a handset running 2.1 to use the app and there are currently compatibility issues with a couple of models, but for a first release things are looking pretty smooth.
Over in the US use is restricted to WiFi only but for the rest of the world there is no such limitation meaning both 3G and WiFi calling is available. Here at Compare and Recycle we expect mobile networks will not be particularly pleased about the release of Skype, but most Android users will be very glad to see what is probably the most well known VoIP service available directly from Android handsets.