Skype with video calling leaks for HTC Thunderbolt, celebrations unsurprisingly erupt (update)
byDarren Murph||April 11th 2011 at 6:06pmApril 11th 2011 6:06 pm
Verizon may have left it out from the get-go, but it looks as if eager HTC Thunderbolt owners needn't wait another day to test out a video-enabled version of Skype. For those outside of The Loop, there was quite the back-and-forth going during the early days, with Verizon announcing at the 11th hour that its flagship LTE phone would be shipped sans Skype. It's still unavailable in the bona fide Android Market, but a build has appeared from the ether and seems to be humming along just fine here at Engadget HQ. Hit the source link if you're feeling froggy, and let us know in comments how things work out.
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]
Update: So we just happened to have a Thunderbolt on hand, and gave Skype's mobile video chat a try. We came away quite impressed -- video is as good as can be expected from the handset's 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and the experience on WiFi and LTE is virtually indistinguishable. The app even worked on 3G, though that reduced the picture quality to the point of being almost unusable.
Michael Gorman contributed to this report.
*Verizon has acquired AOL, Engadget's parent company. However, Engadget maintains full editorial control, and Verizon will have to pry it from our cold, dead hands.