Skype for BlackBerry will be an Android port

Skype for BlackBerry will be an Android port Everyone loves Skype, right? Well, lots of people do anyway, but right now BlackBerry probably isn't that impressed with the VoIP giant.

That's because the Skype app, which was demoed at the BlackBerry 10 launch last week but isn't available to download yet, won't be a native BB10 app at all but rather a port of Skype for Android.

Skype reveals as much itself on its support website (first spotted by The Verge): “we are working closely with BlackBerry to ensure the Skype for Android app runs great in the BlackBerry 10 environment.”

That's bad news since BlackBerry apps ported from Android (which a lot of them are – hence the impressive-sounding 70,000 apps at launch figure) are in fact based on the Android Gingerbread runtime, now more than two years old.

BlackBerry has said this week it is working hard on this and promises support for all the way up to Android Jelly Bean is on its way, but for the time being it means one of the highest-profile apps around will not only be a port from another platform, but a highly dated one at that.

To top it all off, there's still no confirmation on when the BlackBerry Skype app will actually be available in the first place.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 8, 2013 at 11:47

Skype sucks in any form. I wouldn't bother with building a native app, either.

mightyforest  Feb. 8, 2013 at 16:36

haha, i love skype, bb apps catalogue and the way its viewed is shocking, had a go this morning

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