Skype 7.0 update expands material design to better support tablets


Skype has released an update to their Android client taking it to version 7.0. The primary change in this update is better support for tablet devices to take advantage of the additional screen real estate. Users will also benefit from improvements to the processes used for adding contacts to Skype.

Skype implemented Google’s material design concepts to the Android app last year, but running the app on tablets was not an optimal experience. The new Skype 7.0 interface for Android tablets adds a FAB (floating action button) that provides quick, easy access to users to start voice and video calls with individuals or groups.

Users will also find a new multi-pane view is present when they turn their tablet to a landscape orientation. They can view the chat window for sending messages, find contact info, and view files while on a video or voice call.

Skype also brings their universal search feature to the tablet version. With universal search, the app can find contacts, chats, groups and Skype bots easily from the main screen of the app. Users may also notice when they fire up the app initially that Skype will pull in the contacts on their device into their Skype contact list. For those who are not on Skype already, a convenient “invite” button is present to help bring them onboard.

If you need to grab the update or want to give Skype a try, especially on your tablet device, hit the download link below.


Play Store Download Link

source: Skype

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.