LONDON (Reuters) - Skype, which is being bought by Microsoft for $8.5 billion, introduced a new service on Thursday allowing users of Android phones to make free video calls to Skype contacts, including those on Apple iPhones. The company whose name became synonymous with Internet calling in the mid-2000s said its updated Android app would initially support video calling on selected HTC and Sony Ericsson Phones, with more to follow soon. We are committed to bringing Skype video calling to as many platforms as possible, Skypes product and marketing chief Neil Stevens said in a statement. The move will help makers of phones based on Googles Android software compete with Apples FaceTime video-calling service launched last year for the iPhone and now available on its iPad 2 tablet and Mac computers.