Skype updated to 5.5 and brings new features and improvement

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Skype has updated their Android app today and with it brings a few bug fixes and a few new features. Battery use has been improved upon allowing you to leave Skype running all the time and not waste tons of battery while still being to sign in. However for those who still like to sign out it is now easier than ever because Skype always remembers your login details to make it easier to sign in next time.

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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