3 Aug 2011

Skype For iPad Officially Launches In App Store

Skype finally launched its first iPad app — for real this time. On Monday night, the service launched the app and quickly pulled it from the App Store, saying on Twitter that it was prematurely released. Now, it’s looking like they’ve fixed whatever problem the app had and it’s here to stay.
Skype for iPad is an expanded version of the iPhone app. It has all of the same features including video chat, instant messaging, phone calls and easy access to contacts.

Contacts are now displayed in a large grid view which allows them to be accessed even more easily and calls can be quickly resumed through the updated call history window. Because of the tablet’s larger screen, the app allows users to video chat and instant message at the same time, which wasn’t available on the iPhone app because of limited screen space.
The app is available on both the iPad 1 and iPad 2, but the iPad 1 app can only receive video calls — it does not have 2 way video calling. Both devices support instant messaging, SMS messages and Skype-to-Skype voice calls. The iPad app also allows users to call anyone with Skype regardless of whether they are using a mobile app or their desktop computer.
Skype has been stepping up their game when it comes to apps. Their Android app recently got the video calling feature and though Skype’s iPhone app works on the iPad, this new app will help maximize Skype’s capabilities on this device.
To give it a try for yourself, check it out at the App Store.

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