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Fully iOS 4-compatible Skype app still in development

updated 12:50 pm EDT, Mon June 21, 2010

Company cites need for 'additional tests'

It will still be a while before a properly iOS 4-ready Skype app is launched for the iPhone and iPod touch, the company now says. "With every update to the iPhone OS (now called iOS), Apple introduces a number of changes to the software," a statement reads. "In order to make sure we give you the best experience possible, we need to carry out some additional tests with the final version of iOS 4."

iOS 4 is due to launch on iTunes later today, and it's considered unusual that the Skype update is not already available. An early version was demonstrated as far back as March, showing multitasking abilities that should make the VoIP app more useful on Apple handhelds. It should, for instance, be able to continue or receive calls when in another app or if a device is locked.








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  1. MhzDoesMatter

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Thought:

    Has there been any indication that Skype partnered with another carrier or smartphone platform for a period of exclusivity on features of availability. Trying to remember if Android phones are going to be billed for calls like iPhones will be after the "intro" period.

  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Fring?

    What of other VoIP clients that exist for the iPhone, such as Fring? Should I be able to expect those to support the multitasking feature of ios4?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Re: Thought

    Has there been any indication that Skype partnered with another carrier or smartphone platform for a period of exclusivity on features of availability.

    Nope. There's no benefit to Skype doing that (esp. since there really isn't much in way of 'features' to exclusiveise.

    Trying to remember if Android phones are going to be billed for calls like iPhones will be after the "intro" period.

    That's up to the network, not Skype. From what I gathered, ATT insisted that Skype not be allowed to run on its network without getting a nice fat chunk of change in return, which Skype is passing onto its users (no other way to look at that, esp. since wi-fi calling would still be free).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    unusual

    iOS 4 is due to launch on iTunes later today, and it's considered unusual that the Skype update is not already available. An early version was demonstrated as far back as March, showing multitasking abilities that should make the VoIP app more useful on Apple handhelds

    As any programmer will tell you, it's easy to get to the demonstration stage. Getting all the kinks worked out is another deal altogether.

  1. Jane66

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    good update

    I beleve The right-side pic is holding it right.
    well, glad to hear that skype for 3G is free.
    "Well, it's about time. Touted back in March as one of the pillar apps to benefit from the new multitasking API, Skype has finally been updated to iOS 4 compatibility." and good update!
    for iOS4, 'iOS4: Everything You Need to Know' and iOS 4 Upgrade Guide: Install iOS 4 on Your iPhone -> A guide helps you upgrade your iPhone or iPod Touch to Apple's new iOS 4: iFunia iPhone Column

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