Microsoft has released an update for VoIP service Skype that brings high-definition to Windows Phone 8 users. Skype version 2.4 takes advantage of the hardware acceleration of Windows Phone 8 to deliver the first HD video calling on a mobile version of Skype. The update also improves the reliability of the Skype app and call quality across the board for all users.
While lower-end handsets will be restricted to VGA video (at 640×480 resolution), higher-end mobile devices such as the Nokia Lumia 920, the HTC 8X, and the Samsung Ativ S will be able to boost the video to 720P HD. The video quality is automatically determined by the Skype app based on the speed of an individual user’s Internet connection.
The update also enables People Hub integration, allowing users to make calls right from their contact lists without having to load up Skype. Other features include the ability to switch between different user accounts from the main menu, make calls in landscape mode, and use either the front of back camera. Skype version 2.4 is free and users who want to go HD with their mobile VoIP can find it ready for download in the Windows Phone store.