Skype extends video messaging to iOS, Android and BlackBerry apps


Skype is introducing free video messaging features across its mobile applications for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android and BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY), also extending the feature to the Windows and Mac desktop platforms.

Skype enables users to record and share videos up to three minutes in length. "You can send and receive as many video messages as you want--completely free of charge," notes Skype Product Manager Yasmin Khan. "Video messages can be received and viewed on any platform or device running Skype."

In addition to video messaging, Skype offers free voice and video calling alongside IM, SMS, photo sharing and file sharing. The application supports both Wi-Fi and 3G.

More than 45 percent of smartphone owners now use some form of instant messaging or over-the-top messaging app in addition to or instead of traditional SMS, according to a survey conducted in late 2012 by Analysys Mason. In addition, 20 percent of consumers use a VoIP app, and 20 percent within that segment use it more than conventional voice services. Analysys Mason notes that Skype dominates the VoIP market, with 79 percent of VoIP app users/16 percent of all respondents embracing the service.

For more:
- read this Skype Blog post

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