Many Skype users prefer to stay logged out of the service on their phones and tablets while not video chatting because of a fear of drained battery. If you remember, Google admitted that the Nexus 5 battery is currently experiencing faster battery drain due to the camera communicating with apps such as Skype.
Skype just updated the Android app to version 4.7, which will hopefully alleviate the situation. Just one other change includes message notifications in group chats being turned off by default.
Battery life is precious these days, so anything Skype can do to improve the situation is good news.
When I updated my Skype app this morning on my Nexus 7 I didn’t think to look at the “What’s New” section of the app’s Google Play page. “Must be another regular bug-fix update,” I thought…
Very wrong, I was.
In one of the most useful updates that Skype has probably ever had for its Android app, the popular video-chatting program now offers picture-in-picture video-chatting so you can now multitask on your device while you communicate.
That’s right— you can now browse the web, check email, watch YouTube videos, etc. all while you video-chat on Skype. You can also drag the thumbnail PIP around the screen to place it wherever it’s convenient for you.
And that’s not all! The update also included pinch-to-zoom navigation for when you’re browsing contacts, and also upgraded video and instant messaging. All those regular bug fixes I had initially suspected are even included as well.
Overall, the update is very Windows 8-like, and I certainly can’t complain. As computing power on our mobile devices gets increasingly better and better, we’ll start to see updates like this from other applications as well. Multitasking will soon become as mundane as it now is on our PCs.
Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.
Skype announced today that they have passed through the 100M install mark on Android devices and at the same time, announced the release of Skype for Android 4.0. The new version of Skype was rebuilt from the ground up to improve stability, performance and load times to go with the new features and interface for Android devices.
According to Skype, much of the inspiration for the redesign came from the work the team did on the Windows Phone version of the app. Skype wanted to bring the same conversation-centric focus to Android users. Along with the improvements to the interface, Skype says the app increasingly has a common look and feel across platforms which will be welcome news to users who access Skype on more than just their Android device.
The new version of the app opens to a list of recent conversations. From there, users can quickly send free text messages within the app or launch instant messaging, audio calls, or video chats. Skype indicates they will be rolling out more changes and improvements in the coming months.
If you want to grab a copy of Skype or need to upgrade, hit one of the download links below the video showing some of the new features and interface elements.
Google Play Download Link
Skype has just gotten updated to include the testing of video voicemail functionality for its users. As it stands now, the new feature formally allows users to create and record video voicemails of up to 3 minutes in length that can be sent to individuals around the world. There is a noteworthy catch to this awesome feature though friends— it’s reported that the video voicemails is seemingly a paid feature because while pricing hasn’t been announced, the Skype app all users are given 20 free video messages to begin, perhaps indicating that users of the premium Skype service will be able to send more video messages as opposed to a limited number.
As mentioned before, the new feature is currently in testing— but should be available for most, if not all users— so all you Skype folk be sure to grab the latest update today in order to try out the cool feature. You’ll be glad you did.
Skype for Android has been given a breathe of life today as a new update has officially brought portrait calling to tablet users. The majority of the application still doesn’t support portrait mode, though this is unquestionably a step in the right direction. Previously, users with top-mounted front facing cameras would be forced to use the tablet in landscape, inevitably creating a strange camera angle. Also included in the update is a slew of much-needed bug fixes, as well as a swath of languages including Norwegian, Portuguese and UK English. Be sure to hit the break to grab the new version from the Play Store.
Skype released an update today that focuses on Microsoft’s move to use the service in place of Windows Live Messenger and to introduce improvements in the tablet experience. Skype’s tablet UI changes include little things like re-positioning navigation buttons and menus to better use the screen real estate afforded by tablet devices. The window for video is larger as well. However, early adopters of this new version are already complaining that the app forces the use of landscape mode.
The prestigious 2012 Webby Award winners have been announced and a handful of Android apps came away as big winners as apps such as Skype, Evernote, SwiftKey X and Google Wallet brought home some distinguished honors. In the Experimental & Innovation Category, both Google Wallet and Evernote were nominated, with each taking home an award. The Webby Award winner for the category was Google Wallet due to its significant innovation in the world of electronic communication. The People’s Voice winner however, was SwiftKey X because well, we all recognize how innovative it is with regards to keyboard input.
Not to be outdone, Skype and Evernote walked away with major honors as well. In the Utilities & Services category, Evernote won both the Webby and People’s Voice awards, while Skype came away as the People’s Voice winner in the Best Use of Device Camera category.
source: Webby Awards 2012
Skype for Android has just been updated to version 188.8.131.527, and brings an updated calling interface, performance improvements, bug fixes, and continues to add video calling support for more devices with the addition of support for Sprint’s Samsung Epic 4G Touch.
The market page lists the following:
What’s in this version:
- Improvements and new features:
- Calling interface updated
- Improved quality
- Enabled video calling for Samsung Epic 4G Touch
Here’s what the new calling interface looks like. Minimalist and classy.
Skype has just announced a major update to the Android application. The update known as version 2.6, brings not only minor bug fixes, but also the the ability to share photos, video and files to those on your contact list. All of this can be done over 3G or WiFi! Very impressive indeed. Oh there’s more too– if you’re an owner of a Tegra 2 device like I am, you can look forward to improved video quality and battery life while using the app. Oh and of course the engineers at Skype added video support for some new devices too. Owners of the HTC Amaze 4G, Motorola DROID 4 and Motorola DROID RAZR should now be able to make video calls without hassle– but Skype does highlight “almost anyone with a Froyo (Android 2.2) device or above should be able to make video calls” as well.
The Skype 2.6 update is available in the Android Market today. You can find the QR code and Android Market link below.
Android Market link
[via Skype Blog]
Video Calling has now been added to another 13 devices for those who have been waiting patiently for Skype’s popular added functionality. However, with that, a small price in the form of more ads accompanies it. If you happen to have any Skype credits laying around, this should assist in avoiding the ads, however, it’s more than likely most of you don’t. Check out the list of devices below to ensure yours is supported. And if you currently don’t have Skype downloaded onto your device and want it, you can snatch it up here on our popular apps database where you’ll also find a QR code available. In addition, you can grab the free app from the Android Market for added convenience. Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the application and its new functionality in the comments below. Happy Skyping everyone.
Newly Supported Devices:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (T-Mobile)
- HTC Shooter (KDDI)
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Live with Walkman
- Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V
- Acer Iconia Tablet (A500)
- LG Optimus Black (landscape only)
- LG Optimus 3D (landscape only)
- LG Optimus 2x (landscape only)
- Motorola Photon
- Motorola Droid 3 (landscape only)
- Motorola Bionic (landscape only)
- Motorola Xoom
- Motorola Atrix