Rebtel 2.0 for Android Released
Rebtel today made a new version of its application available to devices running Google's Android platform. Rebtel provides VoIP-based calling services and promises to drastically reduce the cost of making international calls. The new features found in version 2.0 include the ability to make calls to other Rebtel users for free; the ability to switch between Wi-Fi, 3G, or a local access number; and integration with the native Android contacts application. The application is free to download from the Android Market. Rebtel already released a similar application for the iPhone.
Skype Overhauls Android and iOS Mobile Apps
Skype today released Skype version 6.0 for Android and iOS, which completely redesigns the apps to make them more natural and intuitive. Skype 6.0 for Android tackles Material Design to give it a more native look; adds a floating action button for starting new conversations/calls; upgrades contacts search; and speeds up inbox management thanks to clearer read/unread indicators.
Skype for iOS Gains Siri Support
Microsoft today released a new version of Skype for iOS 10 devices that includes support for Siri. Skype users can now initiate Skype calls by asking Siri to connect them.
Verizon Brings WiFi Calling to iPhone Via Message+ App
Verizon Wireless updated its Verizon Message+ app for iPhones, adding the ability to make phone calls over WiFi. In order for WiFi calling to work, Verizon iPhone owners will need to switch on the advanced calling function of their phone.
Google Contacts App Works On All Android Phones Lollipop and Up
Google this week made its Contacts application available to Android devices other than the Nexus and Pixel lines. Moving forward, any phone running Android 5.0 Lollipop and up can download and use Google Contacts.