skype on android

Posted on 2011-10-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-12

I have a tablet and I am desperate to use Skype with it. However, when I try to install Skype through Android Market, I cannot because it says my device is not supported. I still want to try it though at my own risk. How can I get Skype?

Thank you in advance

Question by:bozer
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    Expert Comment

    let us know the make / model / android version of the table that you are using..

    Author Comment

    It's Cius with an android version of 2.2.2
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    There's a good chance it won't work, but it appears you can find skype.apk files around the place, which you can try to download and manually install from your PC...

    You can find some links around the place, and the following thread on the Skype forums has some information:

    I would definitely recommend caution, because you could inadvertently find an apk which contains malicious code, but if you're desperate it's probably worth a try.... :)

    Author Comment

    Thank you for the comments, you are right, I have to be careful on malicious code :)

    can you please tell me why the Skype version is not supported? The application download page says it requires 'android 2.1 and up' What is stopping me to get the app?
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    Hi... I have not yet found a good way to determine which technical requirements may prevent you (or me) from installing a given app on a given Android device...

    However, the Android version is only one of many requirements that can prevent this. Other things can be for instance display size, and I believe it may also require certain hardware to be present on your device etc. These requirements are hidden from the person wanting to install it, but if I remember correctly they are present in the app's manifest, but unfortunately that's not something that available to the user - only the developer, so usually that would be information you'd have to get from the developer.
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    you can always download an apk for any application you can not download due to restrictions from android market.
    For SKYPE for example here there are a lot:

    You just have to remember to check in the Settings > Applications > Install from Unknown Sources.

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