Skype Android Update Includes File Transfers, Performance Boost

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It’s been since September that we looked at the release of a new version of Skype for Android. That time we got support for a bunch of additional smartphones and some UI tweaks. Today Skype’s announced the arrival of version 2.6 for Android, bringing with it some enhancements for certain dual-core systems and a new file transfer feature.

If you’ve got a phone based on NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 chip, Skype 2.6 should deliver better battery life thanks to more efficient power handling, as well as improved video quality, taking advantage of the Tegra 2’s processing power.

The addition of built-in file transfer support will let you quickly share pictures, video, or documents with the Skype user with whom you’re text chatting, voice calling, or video calling.

Skype’s added several new Androids to the video-chat support whitelist; you can always give it a shot on any Froyo or better Android, but Skype keeps track of phones where the feature is known to perform well. Today’s additions include the HTC Amaze 4G, Motorola Droid RAZR, and oddly enough, the Droid 4, even though it’s yet to be officially announced.

Skype 2.6 is in the Android Market now.

Source: Skype

Via: Phandroid

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