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Skype For iPhone Now Makes Video Calls

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the well-isn't-that-special dept.

Iphone 102

tekgoblin writes "Today Skype has released an update that allows iPhone users to make video calls from their device. There had been rumors that this update was in the works and now they have been made fact. So, was the Skype outage the other day part of this internal update? Possibly. But Skype has proven to be one of the most important communication tools in the world and now has gotten even better."

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Oh dear editors (4, Insightful)

philj (13777) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712220)

> So, was the Skype outage the other day part of this internal update? If you read the story that's two below this one, you'll have realised that this wasn't the case. Shame the editors of Slashdot can't be bothered to read their own site these days - whilst the video calling is news, the submission could have been edited. ---P

Re:Oh dear editors (0)

nullifi (1085947) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712396)

Seriously, can we get any more speculative? Spam rates dropping, due to Skype update? Possibly.

Re:Oh dear editors (1)

jijacob (943393) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712832)

Is it bad I read this as "Sperm rates dropping, due to Skype update?" Then I remembered the previous article.

Re:Oh dear editors (1)

nullifi (1085947) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713834)

No. I read your comment four times and thought "What's he going on about?" and thought you were crazy. Then as I was tabbing over I realized you didn't say "spam." I guess we all read what we want. Err.. yes, the answer is yes.

Re:Oh dear editors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34712568)

Obviously the editors are concerned about setting a good example for all of us!
If they read TFA, soon even anon will be reading before first post!

Re:Oh dear editors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34713618)

Shame the editors of Slashdot can't be bothered to read their own site these days

Wouldn't that be like eating out of the toilet?

Re:Oh dear editors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34713816)

sure, but I personally observed CowboyNeal giving CmdrTaco a rimjob when I lived at the geek compound.

Betting pool (0)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712226)

So any bets on how long before the Steve gets word of this and Skype gets pulled from the App Store?

Re:Betting pool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34712310)

Why would it get pulled?

Re:Betting pool (2)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713096)

The bigger question is, how long until video calling comes to Skype on Android? There are many more Android devices out there with forward facing cameras, so video Skype for Android would be a big bump for Skype. They dragged their heels heavily bringing Skype to the Samsung Galaxy S, which is the best Android device and highest selling one to date, which to me indicates that they don't know which side their bread is buttered on.

Re:Betting pool (2)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713296)

Before they get video chats to Skype on Android, it would be nice if they made it work on 3G (rather than WiFi) at all in U.S. As it is it's artificially limited due to their exclusive agreement with Verizon.

Re:Betting pool (1)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713352)

That's got nothing to do with Skype. Here in Australia I make Skype calls via 3G all the time.

Re:Betting pool (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713512)

It has everything to do with Skype because they signed an agreement with Verizon. Yes, I know it's not worldwide. It's still annoying as hell. I used the ability all the time in Canada, and it was very convenient.

Re:Betting pool (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713746)

There are other solutions for two way video calling already on Android. Personally, I don't find staring up someone's nostrils all that appealing tho....

Re:Betting pool (1)

node 3 (115640) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715998)

The bigger question is, how long until video calling comes to Skype on Android? There are many more Android devices out there with forward facing cameras, so video Skype for Android would be a big bump for Skype. They dragged their heels heavily bringing Skype to the Samsung Galaxy S, which is the best Android device and highest selling one to date, which to me indicates that they don't know which side their bread is buttered on.

iOS is still the dominant app phone platform. It's absolutely no surprise that this feature is enabled for iOS before being rolled out for Android.

I don't understand your last sentence. Is/was Skype for Android available, but for only some handsets? If we are to break it down to individual devices, then iOS is even more the obvious choice for primary development.

Re:Betting pool (1)

node 3 (115640) | more than 3 years ago | (#34716018)

Because any time an app appears on iOS that is compelling, someone on Slashdot is required to ask that question. Today's winner was morgan_greywolf.

Re:Betting pool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34712326)

Apple has no problem with two-way video calling. There is already apps on the store than can do it.

Re:Betting pool (2)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712424)

There are other apps on the store that do video calling. If they were going to get pulled, they would have before now.

Re:Betting pool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34712698)

You have it backwards. It's AT&T who would interfere. IIRC, on Verizon, your Skype minutes are logged and count towards your normal minutes.

Re:Betting pool (1)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713170)

No. Fucking. Way.
Can someone please verify if this is the case?!

Re:Betting pool (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713284)

It's pretty old news by now, but this [google.com] should provide you enough links.

Re:Betting pool (1)

nettdata (88196) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713298)

Dude.

Totally true.

Really.

Re:Betting pool (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713330)

This is really old news, surprised you didn't know. Here [engadget.com] is one source. What more, for a long time you could only install Skype on Android if you were using Verizon - it wouldn't show up in the market for any other operator. When they finally made a "public" version, it is WiFi-only in US.

Re:Betting pool (1)

icebike (68054) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713814)

But there is lots of competition for video calling on Android.

A partial list:
http://www.appbrain.com/search?q=video+calling [appbrain.com]

Lets face it, most people only want to video call ONE OTHER PERSON, their girlfriend/boyfriend, and nobody else. So its not too hard for two people to find a service that works for both.

What is hard is finding a girl that uses Android.

Heretofore, android usage has been something like 95% male. That is only slowly starting to change, now only about 75% male. [engadget.com]

Re:Betting pool (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713850)

Skype is not just for video calling, though. VoIP is far more heavily used - and "no 3G" restriction applies to that on Android as well.

what? (4, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712242)

" But Skype has proven to be one of the most important communication tools in the world"

seriously? one of the most important? no, it's not.

Re:what? (2)

aliquis (678370) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712718)

Seriously it is.

Lots of people use it. So ..

But what I wonder is:
WHERE THE FUCK IS VIDEO OVER JABBER?!

And implemented everywhere.

And/or together with SIP.

End eventually with similar functionality as Skypes when it comes to passing firewalls or what not + encryption (I know there exist encryption for it, and yeah, "somewhat" video to. But it doesn't help if it doesn't work =P)

Oh, and voice over jabber to of course, unless there are SIP as well. I don't care _what_ is used as long as it work and the standard is open and well implemented among a bunch of applications, or the web.

Re:what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34713336)

Seeing the way things are with HTML5's video codec problems over "open source friendly" implementation, this is a veeery long shot. Decoding video alone is the problem in that case. I would figure that encoding it real time will be, too. H264 is pretty standard for encoding and decoding.

Here's a possible scenario
Mozilla doesn't want Google's WebM and V8 for their firefox. I venture a guess that whatever year *they* implement some open source decoder that surpases WebM and V8 for whatever version firefox were at the time, THAT will be open source and easily ported over to chat apps. The added benefit of that situation, being bottom-up is that you would already have implemented half of the client! The HTML5 CAPTURE and upload of said video format from the browser would be the remaining problem, and OS-dependent jabber would not be used after that.

Re:what? (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#34719994)

Hell, they can't do audio over bluetooth yet on the iPhone. So when I'm listening to music wirelessly, Skype will ring in my headset, then I have to dig the phone out of my pocket and talk directly into the phone.

And, bizarrely, when initiating a video call, you have the option to turn off 'speakerphone' mode, so you can show the person a closeup of your head while you talk to them. Alternately, you can show them what your ear is looking at.

Re:what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34712778)

I don't use it either but you're painfully ignorant if you don't realize how popular Skype is among the social-but-technologically-competent crowd (i.e., meaning many managers/execs).

Re:what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34712984)

" But Skype has proven to be one of the most important communication tools in the world"

seriously? one of the most important? no, it's not.

Of course it is! Because one person in an oppressive country stumbled onto Skype one day ten years ago and belched out his grievances to a random journalist before getting shot*, it is clearly the most important application for Freedom(tm) of Speech(tm) and Liberty(tm) and Open Technologies(tm) EVAR.

*: I'm certain you've heard of it. It was all the rage. Watch me wave my hands around dismissively, that should prove it happened. Go Google it, lazy. I'm... um... busy. That's it. Busy. Yeah. It's really important. Skype is.

Actually it is (2, Interesting)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713564)

Go talk to normal people.

You'll find that many of them use Skype now. Certainly any friend I have (that's every single one) who has family or friends overseas uses Skype.

You don't think reducing the cost of international communication to zero is important? I would say that mainstreaming VOIP is very important indeed.

Re:Actually it is (1)

johnhp (1807490) | more than 3 years ago | (#34716050)

Yeah, anecdotal evidence, but literally the only two applications my GRANDMOTHER uses are FireFox and Skype.

I can only guess how many grandmother's have been setup with Skype by family members so they can keep in touch. I bet it's huge.

Android version soon? (1)

crow (16139) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712248)

Does this mean that there will be an Android version supporting video soon? While I would rather have an open system than Skype, at least having something cross-platform will be nice.

Re:Android version soon? (1)

nullifi (1085947) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712414)

While that would awesome, I doubt my HTC Droid Eris could handle it. I already play Angry Birds at .5 frames per second. But its fun, regardless. July, 2011 can't get here sooner.

Re:Android version soon? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34712500)

HTC is Chinese shit, get a better phone.

Re:Android version soon? (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712668)

No, HTC is Taiwanese. And before you go attacking Taiwanese companies, you should probably realize that if you have a smartphone or a computer of any kind, it's probably a Taiwanese-produced product or contains a lot of Taiwanese components. That's true even for most of Apple's products.

Re:Android version soon? (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713350)

No, HTC is Taiwanese.

Same difference. Taiwan is officially the "Republic of China" and is 98% Han Chinese by ethinicity and they identify with their mainland roots more than as some sort of distinct ethnic group. Besides, Taiwan is just a name foisted on the country by the Dutch.

Re:Android version soon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34714812)

You're overly simplifying. Taiwanese culture is significantly different than mainland China, and Taiwan generally considers itself a different national entity, the legal successor to the Chinese government after mainland China's government fell. It's 98% Han Chinese by ethnicity, but it's important to note that those Han have been there for many generations... they're generally referred to as native Taiwanese. It's culture, not race, that make national identities.

Re:Android version soon? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34712978)

Yeah, HTC basically was the shit choice when their lineup was the Adreno 200 vs. the SGX530/540 (DroidX, Galaxy S). But the 205 is much freaking improved [smartphonebenchmarks.com] and the latest Snapdragons have some insane OC potential.

I guess hardware performance isn't all that important now though. I'm the unfortunate owner of a Droid X -- and yet I still haven't found a game that even slows it down at stock settings.

Keep the update secret and blame the users. Nice. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34712282)

I'm not happy about users being blamed for not upgrading because:

1. Those of us who check the release notes frequently was fooled. Here's the release notes showing 5.0.0.152 (October 14, 2010) as the latest version:
http://developer.skype.com/WindowsSkype/ReleaseNotes

2. I never received a, "update is available" message from the Skype application.

3. I never received an email letting me know a critical fix was available.

And yes, I hit the reload button on the release notes just in case it is cached. As of 12/30/2010 at 11:21 AM CST, there is still no mention of the new version that was supposedly available for several weeks.

Re:Keep the update secret and blame the users. Nic (1)

Chucky_M (1708842) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714340)

I read about the Skype outage just today and all 5 installations I own were the problematic version because I wanted the 3+ video conference which I imagine was very popular over the holiday season especially for families living around the world. I have now updated them all of course but the outage was the mistake of Skype and their misdirection to point at users was clearly silly, saying ok sorry we dropped the ball would have been more accurate as having such a serious problem while pretending it was the users failing to upgrade that caused it just compounded that mistake.

A single article on Slashdot stating sorry we at Skype messed up, please install a patch to repair our garbage or our whole network will collapse would do it. To be fair a small percentage would start researching how to crash said network on purpose, but that cat is now out of the bag anyway now.

I can't wait... (4, Funny)

Bicx (1042846) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712316)

...to see live pixelated video of my friends' nostrils courtesy of AT&T.

Re:I can't wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34712586)

The video is fairly clear even over 3G, it's just kinda laggy. I mean if you're going to make a joke at least let it be accurate or you just look silly.

Re:I can't wait... (1)

Bicx (1042846) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712886)

Considering I haven't seen it (as evidenced in my comment), I don't think it's too much of a silly assumption. It's how Skype for PC handles low-bandwidth connections (scaling down quality rather than framerate, hence pixelation and artifacts). But, it's a joke, so I don't mind if it looks silly. :)

Re:I can't wait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34713526)

Same thing here in Italy, without AT&T and even on WiFi. Skype Video Call is really C-R-A-P-P-Y.
FaceTime is simply amazing, even if you can make videocalls only on the Apple platform. Until...

Quality of front camera? (2)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712328)

In the Nokia N900 you had skype (and googletalk) video calling since 6 months ago,but the front camera wasnt very good. How good is iphone one?

Re:Quality of front camera? (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712454)

The poor quality of the N900's front camera was partly a software problem, it's been improved somewhat in PR1.3.

Oddly enough though it seems that the change was only made to the phone's default communications apps, other applications that use the camera still get a noisy image.

Re:Quality of front camera? (1)

SpinyNorman (33776) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712644)

It sounds more like it's a sensor/noise problem that can (as always) be somewhat improved in software by (time or space) averaging to get rid of the noise.

i.e. while there's a software fix, it wasn't a software problem.

Maybe the folks who wrote the communications app didn't want to wait for a fix (workaround) to be made in the driver, so just put it in the app themselves.

Re:Quality of front camera? (1)

wolssiloa (721045) | more than 3 years ago | (#34719248)

More than 6 months ago, N900 had skype video support since a year ago, November 2009 when the mobile device became widely available. Also front cam quality is much improved if you have proper lighting. For instance, in the sun! or at least a bright room.

Just me? (3, Insightful)

mark72005 (1233572) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712338)

Is it just me, or does anyone else have zero interest in video chatting by holding a phone out two feet in front of my face?

Re:Just me? (2)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712352)

Is it just me, or does anyone else have zero interest in video chatting by holding a phone out two feet in front of my face?

Well it's not just you. there's lots of people whose faces we wouldn't want to see on a video chat.

Re:Just me? (1)

Chibi Merrow (226057) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712398)

It's just you. The Knocking app on our phones has brought loads and loads of joy to my parents, as they're able to watch their 11 month old granddaughter play with her Christmas presents from 1500 miles away... Having the option for two-way communication with it would only be better.

Re:Just me? (2)

garcia (6573) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712422)

I downloaded it and began using it this morning. While I don't have to hold the phone an uncomfortable distance from my face in order to use the video chat feature, all I get is a talking head at the normal arm length. However, because previously we only had one computer with a video camera to do video chat and it was stationary and only available at home it was a bit of a pain in the ass to do BabyGrandparent chats due to scheduling conflicts. Thankfully now those scheduling conflicts are reduced and Grandmom and Grandpop will be happy again.

So while this isn't for everyone it works in my situation and I'm glad to have it. It'll be extra nice for when I'm at lunch and want to see my kid who's at home and I'm glad it's there. YMMV.

Re:Just me? (4, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712452)

Yeah, I'd probably be more inclined to hold a phone two feet in front of my own face. No offense.

Re:Just me? (1)

MalachiK (1944624) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712468)

No, it's not just you. I don't know anyone who has ever made a video call from a mobile phone. It's impractical and a load of hassle. If you want a video link, sit down in front of a web cam or something. Holding a mobile device up in front of you for the duration of the conversation is just lame.

Re:Just me? (1)

Chibi Merrow (226057) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712610)

Yes, 11 month olds are so good at doing that "sit down in front of a web cam or something" thing you are talking about...

Re:Just me? (1)

MalachiK (1944624) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712760)

Then why not get a video camera to record the precious memories and then e-mail the files to whoever? Better quality footage and easier to use.

Re:Just me? (1)

drcheap (1897540) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712976)

B...b..b..but that's not in real-time!

I totally agree, cell phone video calling is way overrated. My previous phone (which I acquired in mid 2007) supported video calls, but the carrier network didn't allow it to work. I only wanted to use it just for the novelty factor, and didn't "wish it worked" any other time in the following year and a half I used that phone.

I barely even record videos with my phone, and when I do it is even less often that they get sent to someone right away via MMS (much less having a need to show a "live" feed to them).

I've watched people sitting at the airport and stuff using Facetime, and it's just lame. The person in the airport has nothing special to show them, and the one on the other end is just in their living room sitting on the couch or whatever. There is no benefit whatsoever to having that video feed going, it's just wasting bandwidth on the crappy free wifiez that I'm trying to mooch with my own pointless timewasting.

Re:Just me? (1)

Chibi Merrow (226057) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712982)

Don't move the goal posts. We're talking about video chatting, not recording video. If I wanted to record video, obviously I would use a video camera. (Except my phone's quality isn't much worse, and posts to Youtube significantly more easily...)

Re:Just me? (1)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713006)

Then why not get a video camera to record the precious memories and then e-mail the files to whoever? Better quality footage and easier to use.

Easier to use?? You don't have my video camera. Unless the people on the other end want multi-gig files in a proprietary format, the phone-to-phone solution would be VASTLY easier.

Re:Just me? (1)

iluvcapra (782887) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713280)

"Why don't you just buy a faster horse?" the carriagemaker asked Mr. Daimler.

A further example... (2)

Chibi Merrow (226057) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713696)

You know, I just remembered an even better example. My Grandfather was in a hospital about three hours away from his home recovering from a brain injury a few months ago. My parents were there visiting him, and were telling him that his great-granddaughter had started walking. He became sad that he had missed such a milestone, being 1500 miles away and in a coma at the time. My Mom just pulled out her iPhone, called me up, and within minutes he was able to watch her walking and talk to her in real-time. You can't believe how much that meant to him! In no way would a webcam or dedicated video camera have been a useful substitute for a phone with video capability.

Re:Just me? (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713370)

Because clearly if you don't know anyone who has ever done it clearly means that no one else in the world would want to do it.

Re:Just me? (2)

RandyOo (61821) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712484)

You have to admit that the capability is still impressive.

Consider: something that just a few short years ago was only possible with a news van and a satellite dish is now in the hands of millions. (okay, maybe Skype installations on iPhones is 2,000,000, but it's gotta be pretty close, right?)

Re:Just me? (2)

Zackbass (457384) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712960)

You've never wished you could have someone you're helping just show you their computer screen instead of trying to incorrectly describe it (or god forbid trying to walk them through setting up a remote connection)? A shot of the broken faucet they're bothering you about? It would cut a large part of the guesswork out of my random tech calls. Anyone who's a go-to technical person should see the value in the video chat cell phone form factor. Picture text messages work too, but the interactive nature of video chat really speeds things up.

Re:Just me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34713422)

Depends how hot your girl/boy friend is.

Re:Just me? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34715530)

well i tried bringing my desk on the bus, but they wouldnt let me

Re:Just me? (1)

beelsebob (529313) | more than 3 years ago | (#34715978)

Me... However, I have vast interest in video chatting by putting an iPad on my knees, and lying back into a sofa. Roll on iPads with front facing cameras!

Dear CmdrTaco, (4, Insightful)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712360)

Please read what you are posting up. You posted up something that explains the Skype outage, and then posted up something else asking if this caused the Skype outage.

Re:Dear CmdrTaco, (1)

cgfsd (1238866) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712438)

You realize that you are posting to an audience that can't even RTFA.

He doesn't care one little bit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34713018)

As long as he's getting visitors he doesn't care one whit how comically awful his site has become. Look at the site and see how much contempt he has for his readers. Usability? Crap. Content? Crap.

Slashdot is coasting on people who don't know any better and trolls that keep the page impressions flowing.

Is Skype as open as FaceTime? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34712370)

The protocol for FaceTime is completely open. What about Skype?

FaceTime is also built-in into all the new iPhones and iPod touches, will be in the next iPad and there's also a beta version for Mac OS X, not to mention rumors of FaceTime for Windows. Is the userbase of FaceTime already bigger than Skype?

Re:Is Skype as open as FaceTime? (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712490)

That's great, but FaceTime still relies on a central server to resolve phone names or email addresses to SIP URIs. So in practice the only thing more open about Facetime vs. Skype is that anyone can make a 3rd-party client for Facetime without needing any proprietary codecs. All calls just have to go through Apple.

Re:Is Skype as open as FaceTime? (2)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713102)

FaceTime is also built-in into all the new iPhones and iPod touches, will be in the next iPad and there's also a beta version for Mac OS X, not to mention rumors of FaceTime for Windows. Is the userbase of FaceTime already bigger than Skype?

No?

In what world is this even remotely possible?

From this source [gigaom.com] we can see that:

Skype added 39 million registered users in the fourth quarter to end the year with a total of 560 million.

36 percent of Skype-to-Skype calls as of the end of the fourth quarter included video

At peak times, 23 million users are logged into Skype (as of March 2010).

Only 47 million iPhones [macstories.net] and eight or so million iPads [google.com] were sold in 2010.

So you could make a claim that iStuff was growing faster than Skype, you would have no basis for claiming that it was already a larger userbase.

Remember, these are SKYPE USERS compared to iSTUFF OWNERS. Those owners may or may not even be aware FaceTime is on their device.

Re:Is Skype as open as FaceTime? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34713380)

I like how you decided to include the 1st generation iPad, which has no camera to begin with, then leave out all the 4th generation iPod touch owners and everyone who installed the beta version of FaceTime on their Macs.

Registered users doesn't equal users either. A lot of people installed Skype just to see what the fuss was all about, then never used it again.

Re:Is Skype as open as FaceTime? (1)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713488)

WTF are you talking about? I'm supposed to generate for you sales figures for a device that doesn't exist??

You like how I, what, exactly?

Did you likewise miss the concurrent users number?

No need to reply, I'm sure your Cupertino paycheck won't bounce.

I tried it... (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34712372)

I downloaded it this morning on my iPhone 4. Although it works, I am experiencing that sound and video are out of sync, low framerates, and pixelated video. Lousy job Skype. I tried it on both wifi and 3g connections with the other party being on a desktop connected via a broadband land line. I would have rather waited another 2 weeks for a more polished version that would be of the same quality as desktop-to-desktop video Skype.

Re:I tried it... (2)

topic7 (1968054) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712642)

getting the same issues here.

Re:I tried it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34713614)

No issue here whatsoever. Was amazingly clear on 3g and over wife to other party on desktop.

Thanks, I needed a laugh (1)

name_already_taken (540581) | more than 3 years ago | (#34718030)

No issue here whatsoever. Was amazingly clear on 3g and over wife to other party on desktop.

That automatic spelling correction is just comedy gold sometimes, isn't it?

Re:I tried it... (1)

KuRa_Scvls (932317) | more than 3 years ago | (#34717208)

I live in Australia, and I did a 3G connection to my father in Vietnam who was using wifi.

It worked flawlessly.

Maybe it has to do more with the speed, latency and signal strength than their sloppy programming.

Re:I tried it... (1)

Orestesx (629343) | more than 3 years ago | (#34722776)

2 weeks? What exactly do you think happens in 2 weeks of software development? Or are you just throwing out a number that is the limit of your attention span and fits with your feeling of entitlement to instant gratification from a free application?

Updates (2)

Wowsers (1151731) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712376)

[rant] Rumour has it that Skype might also get their fingers out their backside and make a more up to date version of Skype for Linux, one that is at least nicer looking with KDE4 for example, or one that actually obeys PulseAudio, one that does video calls properly with up to date video for Linux system, or one that stops deleting old conversations even though you've told it not to. But maybe we'll have to wait another two years for such an "update", while everyone else in the known universe gets their stuff constantly updated.

Skype for Linux sucks!

Do you really want that? (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712506)

Have you seen the newer Windows Skype clients? It's an awful piece of nagware now.

Re:Updates (1)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712510)

[tongue firmly in cheek]

It's Linux and all open source right, just write your own....

Being the red headed step child of cross platform Windows software as an OS X user, I can only imagine how bad it is on Linux in these situations. Some of the ports to OS X have been laughably shocking (Flash, EvE Online, the first official MSN Messenger client, early Ventrillo releases).

Surprisingly, the OS X Skype client is ok (as is the Silverlight player - who'd have thought it?!).

Re:Updates (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712752)

You can run the Windows version of Skype 3.5 in Wine, though I'm not sure if you'd actually want to.

VOIP (0)

TyFoN (12980) | more than 3 years ago | (#34712688)

Can it do VOIP calls for free now like the android version?

Re:VOIP (1)

Prof.Phreak (584152) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713450)

...is there Skype on Android? Oh...

Yes, it always could - can Android? (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713594)

I thought Skype on Android was Verizon specific...

The iPhone (and Touch and iPad) could always do Skype calls for free. The thing that changed a few months ago was that VOIP apps are now approved for use on 3G.

Re:Yes, it always could - can Android? (1)

TyFoN (12980) | more than 3 years ago | (#34716098)

Maybe it is different in the us, but at least here in europe I get skype for android that works with voip over 3g and wlan via android market.

Cell Phone DDOS (1)

Ukab the Great (87152) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713386)

If I put Skype on my iPhone, what guarantee do I have that my phone won't get supernoded and superpwnded?

Will Apple Respond (1)

99BottlesOfBeerInMyF (813746) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713650)

Several people already posted hypothesizing that Apple would pull the App, but I don't think that is even in the realm of possibility. Rather, this may prompt Apple to get off their butts and release the FaceTime specs as an open standard as they previously promised. Hopefully they'll roll out some improvements first, like default encryption on all channels, but it sure would be nice to have an open competitor to Skype that can interact with iPhones.

A Few Issues but Surprisingly Decent (1)

WarpedCore (1255156) | more than 3 years ago | (#34713836)

The only issue I have with it is that the front facing camera displays the image digitally zoomed or closer than how your face appears using either FaceTime or the built in camera application or a number of apps that call to the camera. I'm guessing Skype built their own way of A/V and couldn't rely on Apple's implementation within their own app.

This is what FaceTime should have been and it one ups Yahoo Messengers half assed implementation because it works between with Windows, Mac, and other iOS clients (tested all three).

I used it with my Mom today to call my Dad on his Vista machine. My Mom was driving and I switched between the front and rear cameras while she was driving to participate in the conversation. It was fun and has the potential to be HUGE. It's still kind of a bummer that the people that really reap the bedford of the update are iPhone 4 users do to its connectivity.

Anyone else get cropped video? (1)

jack1323 (301059) | more than 3 years ago | (#34714098)

I tried a video call to a skype client on Ubuntu, but the iOS skype app was displaying cropped video. Has anyone else tried connecting to a linux skype client with the new app?

It's new only when it concerns the iPhone (1)

Rexdude (747457) | more than 3 years ago | (#34720118)

Fring [fring.com] has had video calling support for Symbian/Android for over a year now.

Big Deal! UK's SkypePhones had that ..for Yonks! (1)

ivi (126837) | more than 3 years ago | (#34720228)

So, was this item "product placement" (ie, sponsored by Apple?)

Nokia n800 (or similar had Skype with video, per Skype.com)

I'm suprised that some post-3000 series Sony PSP didn't do it.

Any netbook will do it, too.. and for much less $$$ to Apple... :-)

PS Aussie SkypePhones (v. 1) could only do voice + messaging.
            Anybody know about Sweden's?

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