Microsoft Details Skype Expereince On New Nokia X Devices

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Nokia X Skype app

Nokia today announced a new range of entry level smartphones called Nokia X series. The first batch of devices will be Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL and all these devices will be running on Android AOSP platform. Instead of relying on Google, Nokia is integrating Microsoft’s services into Android platform. It includes Skype, OneDrive, Outlook.com and more. Skype team today detailed their Skype experience on all these devices.

For the Nokia X family, we’ve specifically customized the Skype for Android app to bring you the same, great experience you get on existing Android devices. This means you’ll:

  • Reach anyone, anywhere: Skype for Android complements the family of platforms on which you can enjoy Skype. Android users can connect with people they care about most on any device with Skype installed – PCs, Surface, Windows Phone, iPhones, iPads, Kindle Fires, Xbox Ones, Androids, Macs and even TVs.
  • Always be reachable: You can feel confident to leave Skype running in the background as we’ve designed the app to have only a very small impact on battery life. Call waiting is also available for Skype calls, and switching from a Skype call to a phone call is simple.
  • Make calls the way you want them: During your Skype call you can now easily navigate from landscape to portrait view and toggle between front and back cameras.

We know that friends and family worldwide aren’t always reachable on Skype, but you can stay in touch by using Skype to call landlines and mobiles at incredibly low rates.  In fact, we’re offering a taste of this service through a free first month of Skype’s Unlimited World Subscription in select markets, enabling you to enjoy unlimited calls to landlines in 60+ Countries and mobiles in 8 countries with the purchase of a smartphone from the Nokia X family in the following countries: Brazil, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and Ukraine.

Source: Skype blog



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  • Nham Thien Duong

    And yet another platform for the Skype team to use as an excuse to neglect their work on Windows Phone. (>_<) but so far creating the best possible experience is whats makes it more competitive, so it only makes sense, and this will let more people chose Skype as their ''go-to-service'', and I love all the cool features that they'll give with this platform, though I really want to see this on Windows Phone too, I find it really sad that Microsoft gives away free services for Scroogle's Linux platform, while we get a ''B-experience'' and still have to pay, only OneDrive does everything better on Windows Phone, but I really hope that Nokia's next LSeries phones (Lumia) shall come with similar deals. :-

    • Jeff Hung

      Skype team has always used “Skype is more integrated with Windows Phone” as an excuse of delaying new features anyway.

  • LexicoRed

    Discounting Windows, discounting
    XBox, now giving up on WP for Android…Ballmer really left a mess of the company.

    • Rainzo

      Giving up on Wp by purchasing Nokia, giving the 8.1 update which brings wp on par feature wise with IOS, getting the needed apps now, getting 9 more partners….
      See how ridiculous your comment is beginning to sound?

      • Lucas

        Some people’s minds are not complex enough to understand what the Nokia X really means. This phone is about getting people into WP and Microsoft services.

      • donzebe

        WP8.1 can run on those same devices and be sold for same price or less, why do they have to do fork android. Fork Android is not the answer when it comes to expanding Microsoft Services.
        This is about the 2nd or 3rd time that Microsoft has announced a bunch of new partners OEM that end up doing nothing. Hopefully this time it Will be translated into action and we will see some seriousness from the partners. Since Microsoft is now showing that much interest in fork Android these new partners may end up producing fork android phones with Microsoft service, We may end up with even fewer windows phone devices.

        • Rainzo

          Lol, the only OEMs have been Nokia, HTC and Samsung. Which other ones have MS announced(unless I’m missing something here). This project has been in the works even before the MS Nokia deal. Nokia is being sold to MS so they just threw this out. This means nothing to WPs growth. Asha wasn’t a threat to Lumia, this wont be as well. Geez, you guys need to take a chill pill

      • LexicoRed

        8.1 update will bring not bring WP on par with iOS or Android; both have a ecosystem WP can not match. This is why they are giving up on WP and trying plan B: Android + MSFT services.

        The whole point of WP OS was to sell a bunch of copies of the OS to OEM, it did not work. Now the company they are going to buy, is not even selling the OS in these devices.

        Defending this move in context of paying 7billion for Nokia is a joke.

        MSFT could have fork Android years ago and offered it to OEM if it just wanted to be a Services company and saved 7billion dollars.

        • Rainzo

          Can you tell me what IOS would have that WP won’t after the 8.1 update?

          • LexicoRed

            Apps (developers support)

          • SategB

            Your right. To show had bad it has become for MSFT trying to get developers to write apps, I just read where the company is wrapping mobile websites and trying to pass the off as WP apps: more then sad it is downright dishonest.
            :(

          • Rainzo

            What??! Web apps have been around even before WP. The point was to have web apps to supplement for the real apps until they were introduced to the system “That’s downright dishonest”?? What does that even mean??Oh my Go…you guys should do your research well before posting stuff

          • SategB

            The act of misrepresenting one thing as another, in this case a mobile webpage wrapping as a native App (specially in cases when no authorization to do so has been secured) is duplicitous behavior that should be an embarrassment for an ethical entity.

          • Rainzo

            Lol, everyone knows the difference between the two when you want to download them. Web apps exist. It’s not like MS was inventing them. In the app department, WP is gaining momentum so I don’t know what the fuss is about. Yes they still lack some major apps but we can all see that Ms is trying hard to get them…that’s the opposite of “giving up on WP”.

          • Rainzo

            Lol! Oh God! It just keeps getting worst(your comments). I really don’t mean to be cocky but you’re just making this too easy. Is developers support a FEATURE?
            Smh. The 8.1 makes it a lot easier to develop for WP and WRT so till after build, we wont know if dev support is increasing or not.

          • LexicoRed

            “Can you tell me what IOS would have that WP won’t after 8.1 update?”

            The only featured that really matters: An Ecosystem

          • Rainzo

            You do know this chart you brought up is really old right? Android now has 1 billion apps and WP has 245 grand. But how many of the apps matter is the question of the day. Now, like I said before, WP is a growing system. The problem with the development started from the switch to WP8 and WP7 not being upgradeable. Almost all the apps had to be rewritten(if not all..if my memory serves me right). WP has almost all the relevant apps and that doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. The momentum they gained last year in the app department has been remarkable and they just announced another major app, BBM with Blackberry going as far as saying it would be preloaded in some new WP devices. There is no way WP would get all the apps Android and Apple has but they are working on the important one…the one that matters.
            Features are “what the phone can do” and “feature wise” it would be on par with IOS. Apps are a different thing all together.
            Back to the initial argument. With all of the momentum and new features, it is apparent that “MS isn’t abandoning WP”. Heck NAdella’s first speech was about how important the mobile world is.

  • Jeff Hung

    As Google makes more and more components in Android proprietary (now even push notification service requires Google Play API), adopting AOSP doesn’t mean “surrender to Google”. Instead, AOSP could be a fifth column fighting against Google’s monopoly from inside.

    • Guest

      Google’s monopoly? Not sure you understand that proper use of the word. Market domination does not equate to be a monopoly.

      • Danny

        it is a monopoly. a multi billion $$$ corporation refusing to ever make a YouTube app for windows phone or provide other services like Gmail, Google plus etc doesn’t imply monopoly? promoting its own product over its competitors using they search engine doesn’t qualify as monopoly? google break laws all over the world and their fines seem to be like peanuts…they world prefer to break laws and pay fines. Its cheaper for them especially when selling user data by spying on them

  • jvs

    F7, press F7 before posting…

  • Rikikrik

    I do not dislike the strategy, especially because it is aimed at luring feature phone users to WP. But with the current update of Windows 8.1 and prices of the Lumia 520 and 525 coming into the same ranges ($ 75,- to $ 100,-) as some of these phones I do not see the logic for the more expensive Android WP’s (like the XL for example). For the cheaper phones it’s understandable. But since Microsoft gets licensing fees from all OEM’s (Samsung, LG, Sony, Lenovo, Huwaei etc) using Android, they have the right to use their own Android patents to use a forked Android and to sell their services. This strategy may have effect in the markets where feature phones are popular. We will have to wait and see what effects this will have or if Microsoft will kill the concept once they get full control of Nokia. But is seems that Microsoft is also on board with this idea.

    • KelvBlue

      This is telling all the OEMs you do not need to be a slave to Google anymore, you can have your own store and the rest of the services you lack will be able to get it from Microsoft. ;)

  • Guest

    Skype is still exist, who knew!

    • Phil_A_Shio

      Eh yeah no, that is just fail on your part.

      • Guest

        Just with poor people

        • Phil_A_Shio

          Yet every other popular video chat service is free, again with the fail.

          • Guest

            Most people are poor, that is why they named the elite like me the 1%s.

  • Jaimin