We’ve been talking about that for quite a while, what with all those rumors running around the internet, and it’s finally here! Skype, the Internet telephone service, has updated its official VoIP iOS client to include video calling feature which works over Wi-Fi and 3G to another iPhone or to Skype desktop users running on Windows, Mac and Linux. Video calls over Wi-Fi will provide better quality than it does via 3G.
Skype App version 3.0 contains many of the features you’d expect:
- Make Skype to Skype video calls on WiFi and 3G*
- Call Skype desktop users (Mac OS X or Windows) and other iPhone users.
- Two-way video calls supported on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th gen.
- Receive only video supported on iPad and iPod touch 3rd gen, with no camera.
- Make video calls in portrait and landscape.
- Skype video calling requires iOS 4.0 or above.
You can use the Skype Video Calling service on your iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4th-gen.But iPhone 3GS users would have to make do with the rear camera themself. At the same time, iPad and third-generation iPod touch users can’t really use this feature now. They can only recieve Skype videos from others, and they won’t get to send video back.
You can update the Skype App version 3.0 directly from your iOS device or download it from the iTunes link here, and of course it’s free. The global roll-out may take some time, so be patient if you don’t find it immediately.
So, have fun with video chatting via Skype! By the way, there is still no word on when Skype will be making video-capable apps available for Android or other mobile platforms. Hopefully skype will announce this in Vegas next week since Skype says that there’ll be “plenty more” announcements in Vegas.