BlackBerry users have been waiting awhile to get Skype on their devices. That finally changed this week with Skype launching for the BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry putting it in BlackBerry World. Sadly it requires OS 10.1 which the BlackBerry Z10 does not have officially yet but BlackBerry promises its will be available “in the coming weeks.”
What I found very interesting today is that Skype, now owned by Microsoft, has announced their new Skype BlackBerry 10 client on their blog. They clearly call it a preview release and not final. Specifically they say that
Keep in mind that this release is still in preview state which means that the experiences are not yet final. We do however think you’ll be impressed – the app already offers all the Skype features BlackBerry 10 users have been looking forward to.
They also went on to say how they have been working closely with BlackBerry to optimize their Android app for BlackBerry 10. Specifically they stated that:
We’ve been working closely with BlackBerry to bring our Skype for Android app to the BlackBerry 10 platform in order to bring all the amazing Skype features to the device. When you start using the app, you will notice we have adjusted the Skype user interface to make it look great on the BlackBerry Q10 display. Also, we have made it very easy for you to connect with your friends and family. For example, once you sign into Skype on your phone, your Skype contacts are automatically added to your BlackBerry phonebook. This means you can see your Skype friends and their profile details, and initiate a chat with a contact directly from the phonebook – helping you keep in touch with the people who matter to you most. What’s more, all your Skype notifications – including incoming chat, contact invite requests, and the like – are automatically visible in the BlackBerry Hub.
The Skype app is available April 26th for BlackBerry Q10 users. You can download Skype to your Q10 phone from BlackBerry World now. BlackBerry and your operator will make the new BlackBerry 10.1 operating system available on the BlackBerry Z10 in the near future, also BlackBerry Z10 owners will be able to enjoy Skype.
Hopefully we get a much more optimized version when this goes final! I want to be able to make Skype Out phone calls from the address book. Until then check out our review of the Skype preview on BlackBerry 10.