Skype has released version 2.1 of its application for Android, which allows more smartphones and tablets based on Google's operating system to use its video calling feature, it said in a blog post on Thursday.

The company published a list of 17 devices that can now make video calls, including the HTC Desire, HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Sony Ericsson Xperia Play.

Initially, the HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro and the Google Nexus S were the only phones compatible with the feature.

Users with Android 2.2-based smartphones that aren't on Skype's list should still be able to make video calls, according to the company. The feature can be enabled by going into "Skype settings" after launching the application and selecting "enable video calling."

If a user can't see the video calling settings, it means their Android phone does not meet the minimum requirements needed, according to Skype.

In addition, the new version of Skype for Android has bug fixes and performance enhancements, which should further improve the user experience of Skype on Android-based smartphones.

The updated application can be downloaded from Android Market or Skype's website.