Skype is already available on a number of mobile devices, but it could find its mobile apps’ footprint expands in the near future, as the company is aggressively hiring iOS and Android mobile developers. a Skype spokesperson confirmed Thursday that the company is in the process of hiring 20-30 new members of its mobile engineering team.
Skype has mobile apps available on the Apple iPhone, as well as BlackBerry and Android mobile handsets available from Verizon. However, the app still misses some features and is now looking to hire mobile engineers to join its team and help up with development.
The fresh blood might help the company bring features like video calling to its mobile app for different platforms. Currently, Skype users can make free calls between each other over 3G or Wi-Fi connection or use text chat. The company offers a number of packages, which offer competitive pricing for international and local calling.
While Skype was dragging its feet on making its video chat service available on mobile devices, a number of competing services have emerged that let users with front-facing cameras — like the iPhone 4 or the HTC Evo — video chat with each other. Apple introduced its proprietary FaceTime mobile chat technology with the launch of the iPhone 4, and recently made the application available to Mac users. Meanwhile, a new startup called Tango has introduced a cross-platform video chat app that works on both iOS and Android mobile devices.
The new staff will move to a new 90,000 square foot office in Palo Alto, CA to join the current staff of 110. The VoIP client has 80 engineers working on the software and with more and more apps offering similar services we are sure to see development in the sector. If you want integrated calling experience for iOS you can go with recently released Viber, while “FaceTime” could be your choice for free video calls over Wi-Fi. Android users could go with the “Tango” app for a video chat. With front-facing cameras slowly becoming almost a standard feature of high-end smartphone and 4G reaching lightning fast speeds, video conferencing might be ever so common.