Skype for Android finally phones home

After what seems like forever waiting, Skype has officially launched on Android. Owners of Android 2.1 and up devices, will now get access to the popular VoIP service through the Android Market.

Android users will be able to stay connected to Skype whilst they are out and about and will be able to use Skype chat and make Skype calls over the mobile and Wi-Fi networks. Of course, if you opt to make Skype calls over GPRS, EDGE or 3G, you may incur additional data charges.  

You’ll be able to make free Skype-to-Skype calls to other Skype users around the world, as well as make Skype calls to landlines at Skype’s reduced calling rates. The application is free, you’ll need a Skype account to use it and will need Skype credit to make landline calls.

There is no sign of video calling which is not a surprise, but you will be able to integrate Skype for Android with your contacts in your address book, so you’ll be able to place Skype calls direct from your contacts, as well as seeing if they are signed in to the service, regardless of what platform they are on.  

Unusually the press release tells us that Skype for Android has been tested on: HTC Desire, HTC Legend, Google Nexus One, Motorola Milestone XT720 and Motorola Milestone, but as the application is now available to download from the Android Market, we’re sure we will hear if there are any unsupported Android 2.1 devices.

UPDATE: We've been playing with Skype for Android and found that is doesn't like the Samsung Galaxy S.