Skype has released a version of its internet calling and chat client for the Android operating system.
Skype said that Android smartphone users can now benefit from its communications tool wherever there is a mobile or wireless data connection. Skype already offers an app for the iPhone and BlackBerry.
The firm said users can expect high call quality thanks to its SILK audio codec, while calls between Skype users are also free.
Mark Douglas, Skype's product manager for Android, said, “We are pleased that Skype is now available on three of the most popular mobile platforms today: Android, iOS and Symbian.”
Skype for Android is designed to work on version 2.1 Eclair and above, and according to the firm has been tested successfully on the HTC Desire, HTC Legend, Google Nexus One and Motorola Milestone XT720 smartphones.
However, according to the release notes, the firm is aware of a problem with it on the Samsung Galaxy S handset.
In related news, it emerged today that one-third of all Android handsets are now running the latest Froyo 2.2 version.
According to the latest stats on the Android Developers web site, over 40 per cent of Android phones are still running 2.1, and about 25 per cent version 1.6 or lower.
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