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Skype for PS Vita trumps Windows Phone app with 'background mode'

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Wed Apr 25 2012, 11:31

VIDEO CALL SERVICE Skype is now available on the Playstation Vita, and trumps the newly updated Windows Phone app with its ability to work in the background. 

Sony PlayStation Vita review - controlsOwners of the Sony console can now download the official Skype app for free, enabling them to make video calls on the device over both 3G and WiFi.

Best of all, Skype for the PS Vita runs in "background mode", which means users are able to pick up a call while in the middle of a game, a feature Windows Phone users are still yearning for. 

"You'll get a notification when you receive a call, whether you're playing a game or browsing the web - and if you're in the middle of a game, it'll pause and you'll get taken right back when you're done," Skype said, reducing Windows Phone owners to tears.

Other features of the app include the option to switch between front and rear facing cameras, and to call landlines and mobiles by topping up with Skype credit. 

"Our users appreciate being able to access Skype features wherever and whenever they choose," said Manrique Brenes, senior director at Skype.

"With the launch of Skype for PS Vita, we are taking another step towards our ultimate goal of making Skype video calling available on every platform, all over the world", he added, supporting the rumours that Skype will soon be launching an app for the Xbox 360. 

When quizzed about future applications, a spokesperson for Skype told The INQUIRER, "We cannot give specific details of upcoming products, but we are constantly looking for new and exciting ways to make Skype available. O

"Our expectations are that over time Skype will support various products, but we have nothing additional to share at this stage."


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