Published on October 16th,2010 at 9:33 PM
By >Akihabara News Team

Android Skype App May Appear on AU Smartphone?

Android Skype App May Appear on AU Smartphone?

Right now, only phones on the American Verizon network can use the Skype Android app, although there is talk of Skype expanding that offering to all Android phones in multiple countries.

When I reported on the KDDI/Sharp press conference unveiling au’s IS03 smartphone, I neglected to report on what (at the time) sounded like a throwaway comment by KDDI’s Tanaka Takashi, that there will be a 禁断のアプリ (literally, forbidden (as in fruit) app) at the time of the phone’s release. Speculations abound in the more geeky, tech-related segment of the Japanese media that this forbidden app is a Skype app that works on a non-American, non-Verizon phone.

Smartphones in Japan suffered from a conspicous lack of features that have prompted many to double-fist their cell phones (with their previously-owned dumbphone in one hand) or hold off on switching; the IS03 seems to be positioned to get those people over to the smart phone world by providing features like IR datacomm, contact-less IC payment, and decorative texts. Putting Skype on the IS03 would also convince many more to switch to Android from the iPhone.

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  • dvhh

    Indeed at least for a lot of foreigners that would be a very good switch argument, but I think the iphone aesthetic+itune integration is more convincing for most of them.
    As a AU user, I hope this phone would provide at least as much feature as my dumb phone (which is by the way still great, when compared to other countries).

    • T.Kimura

      What popped out first and foremost to many of the people at the press conference introducing the IS03, including myself, was the number of Japanese dumbphone features this smartphone is going to have. The iPhone, Sony Ericsson’s Xperia, and every single HTC model sold in Japan were building up the idea that smartphones = no IC/IR/one-seg/decome/etc., when along comes Sharp with its first modern domestic smartphone, turning that semi-common sense notion on its head.

      (Also, to many – chiefly those who use Windows – iPhone-iTunes integration can be a turn-off.)

      What worries me about this Skype move is that this will just end up being KDDI and Skype pulling a Verizon in Japan – leaving the non-au Android population in Japan in as much the dark as they were before.

  • sas

    Actually, any Android phone in Japan running Android 2.1 or above can already use Skype. It just isn’t available in the Android market, so you need to find an alternative source. And it doesn’t require hacking or rooting either.

    • T.Kimura

      Correct me if I’m wrong, since I don’t own an Android phone (waiting for my two years to be up before deciding which way to go), but doesn’t the Skype app check what carrier the phone is on and die if it discovers a non-Verizon SIM card?

 

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