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Skype expands, looks for iOS, Android developers

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Skype expands, looks for iOS, Android developers
One of the most popual VoIP clients, Skype, started its way as a desktop program and is now found on most major mobile operating systems like iOS and Android. However, the app still misses some features and is now looking to hire 20 to 30 mobile engineers to join its team and help up with development.

The fresh blood might help the company bring features like video calling to its mobile app for different platforms. Currently, Skype users can make free calls between each other over 3G or Wi-Fi connection or use text chat. The company offers a number of packages, which offer competitive pricing for international and local calling.

The new staff will move to a new 90,000 square foot office in Palo Alto, CA to join the current staff of 110. The VoIP client has 80 engineers working on the software and with more and more apps offering similar services we are sure to see development in the sector. If you want integrated calling experience for iOS you can go with recently released Viber, while FaceTime could be your choice for free video calls over Wi-Fi. Android users could go with the Tango app for a video chat. With front-facing cameras slowly becoming almost a standard feature of high-end smartphone and 4G reaching lightning fast speeds, video conferencing might be ever so common. Do you find Skype useful or would you rather use traditional carrier services?

source: GigaOM

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posted on 03 Dec 2010, 19:36

1. Androidluv (Posts: 65; Member since: 13 Jul 2010)


Skype is cool but overrated. Google voice is everything Skype plus more. Google voice FTW!!!

posted on 04 Dec 2010, 01:40

2. clevername (Posts: 1429; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Tango is available on iOS as well for easy video calls over 3G to iPhone users and android users as well. Works better than video chat over fring, yahoo, and qik as well. Almost as easy as FaceTime and it's cross platform.

posted on 05 Dec 2010, 11:19

3. Jake K (unregistered)


Prefer Skype for routine at home phone calls. Like the separate software interface and it give me better voice quality through headphones and regular mic. Calls go thru most every time, whereas google talk (not voice) disconnects often. Traditional carrier services (ie landlines) much too expensive now plus you are forced to have contracts, pay more taxes, connection fees, long distance charges, and many other disadvantages.

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