Certain Microsoft apps won’t be preloaded on the AT&T and Verizon Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (48)Surprise, surprise. AT&T and Verizon are altering what software ships on the Galaxy S6, limiting some of the preloaded Microsoft apps available. When it was first announced, the S6 was supposed to ship with Skype, OneNote, and OneDrive pre-installed. No one likes bloatware, but Skype and OneNote are actually pretty useful apps, and Samsung and Microsoft were tossing in 100 GB of free space of OneDrive storage, so it wasn’t an awful deal. In fact, it was probably one of the better app/service partnerships we’ve seen on a device. Read more

Latest Skype update aligns it with iOS, desktop versions

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The Android version of Skype has trailed behind its iOS and desktop counterparts for some time. While the app was given attention and updated to remain capable, it never matched those other versions. Finally, today, an update is arriving for the app on Android devices that shifts it much closer to iOS and desktop versions. The chat layout follows the bubble style and emojis have been added in addition to the service’s own emoticons (which will now be animated). Also, the update brings support for voice input when utilizing Android Auto.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S 6 will come preloaded with several Microsoft apps

samsung_galaxy_s6_front_back_standing_blueWhile Samsung may have trimmed some of the bloat from the Galaxy S 6 (and the S 6 Edge), it looks like it’s still going to come preloaded with things you may or may not want. Microsoft’s Skype, OneNote, and OneDrive applications will come standard on your GS6, although you’ll still get to snag that free 100 GB of free OneDrive storage space that Samsung is giving away, so it’s not all bad.

This isn’t the most subtle way to get Microsoft services into the hands of Android users, but it’s definitely going to be an effective one. Google may not like the move, but hey, that’s the beauty of Android being more open than other platforms. Read more

Skype 5.2 for Android update making it even easier to connect

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Skype has announced an update to their messaging app for Android taking it up to version 5.2. The update includes several improvements and enhancements. Grabbing the headline as a new feature now available, users can send photos to their contacts whether the receiver is online or offline. When the recipient of one of your photos logs in to Skype, they will see any photos that have been shared with them inline in their chat history. Read more

Skype now available in a web browser without downloading any apps

skype_bannerSkype has announced that they’re finally detangling the video chat service from its traditional Windows or OS X desktop program and offering it in beta through a web browser.

Skype for Web will let you quickly sign into the service on Skype’s web page and immediately begin making video calls without having to download any apps or programs. According to the Skype page, you can get the service started on any modern web browser, but it specifically mentions Chrome for Windows. That’s good news for Chrome users, but the wording of the support page makes it sound like Chromebooks are going to be excluded.¬† Read more

Skype launches new video messaging app called Skype Qik

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Do you remember video streaming service called Qik? Well Skype acquired them a few years ago and closed down the app, but it’s back in a new format. It’s called Skype Qik, and it’s all about video messaging. Basically, it’s just like texting, but with video instead.

You can set up a group of friends and quickly and easily send short videos. If you ever want to delete a video, you can, but the app will automatically delete content after two weeks.

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Updated Skype application promises to save more battery life

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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.

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Skype updated on Android, includes handy picture-in-picture option

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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.

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