Skype for iPad to rival Apple’s FaceTime?

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    Skype for iPad to rival Apple’s FaceTime?


    Skype has recently unveiled a special version of its app for the iPad. This is good news for all iPad owners since they can currently use only the iPhone version of Skype on their tablets, which means that certain keys are unavailable and only a part of the screen displays the app.

    Thanks to the new design, users will finally be able to enjoy the Skype experience on the entire screen of the tablet.
    The Skype version for the iPad will let users chat with their friends, make voice and video calls while swapping between the front and rear camera. Unfortunately, the file sharing option is not available.

    Skype will reportedly offer 3G and Wi-Fi call compatibility, unlike Apple’s native FaceTime which works only on Wi-Fi. No information is currently available about the launch date of the app. Could Apple be planning to release it alongside iOS 5?

    Its price is also unknown, but the app should come free of charge since FaceTime is also free. For those of you who are curious to see what the app can do, there is a demo video available, but without sound. The demo demonstrates just how easy it is to use Skype for the iPad and switch between the main camera and the secondary camera during video calls.

    Other tablets, such as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab, will soon offer dedicated video communication tools as well. For a quick reminder, Skype was purchased in May by Microsoft for $8 billion.

    By Radu Tyrsina
    Source: v3.co.uk

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