News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday November 20, 2012.
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Skype has finally grown-up on Android with today's release of a new tablet-optimized version of its video-calling app for select Android tablets. Skype 3.0 introduces three key improvements today, but the big-ticket item is that the app has added support for Android devices with 7 or 10-inch screens. A tablet-optimized view is now available for tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 or Google Nexus 7. The app supports both the front and rear cameras, group calls, and group chats.
Skype 3.0 has improved the audio quality of Skype calls through the inclusion of SILK, an audio codec that can maintain a consistent and clear sound despite "shaky connections" on mobile devices. The improvement is noticeable based on a demonstration Skype posted to its YouTube account. Along with the improvements to the design and inclusion of logging in using a Microsoft account, the latest version of Skype is a much better experience for Android users.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.