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Skype, Fring, Google Chat and more
I have installed Fring on my phone and given it a go. I now have Skype and google chat but no Battery.
Installing it is simple, go to the site select the link and you are off. You then setup and account, put in you credentials for the services you are interested in in my case Skype, Google talk and twitter. Then you are online. You can chat with contacts, make skype and google calls and post to your twitter thing.
That's the theory but I found that it was not that simple. I have not been able to make any calls except to the test number and nobody has responded to my chats!
The phone keeps searching and switching between 2G, 3G and 3.5G all the time and fring keeps dropping off. Then it stops and asks me if I want to try to reconnect. In this day and age no mobile applicaiton should be asking be for a retry. It should just back off exponentially then when the phone gets some signal have aother go.
Anyhoo the result of all this activity is that it managed to drain my batttery for the last two days in a little over 5 hours. So that is getting the bin for now. Nice idea just that the technology is not quite there yet. I am not to sure if it's the phone or fring or both that need the extra work but perhaps when the next version comes out I will try again.
It does do SIP as well though which is nice as this is going to be the new Skype.
I may do another post later on how I think that all this is a waste of time anyway as it wants to be a nice open standard and built into the phone as a service. S60 has SIP so we are getting there.
Skype is eating my battery
I have just started using Skype on my laptop and so I installed the default version, 220.127.116.11. Then I had a play with the intel powertop tool and it was saying that Sype was waking my processor from it's sleep state 200 times a second which is not good for battery life. A quick search and I find that this is a known problem.
Luckily there are beta 2.0 versions Skype now available and this pretty much cures this. As a bonus it also has video support.