Every used Skype on your Android device? No? Yeah, me neither but the Skype development team is trying to make the experience even better incase you plan to use it at any point. Almost a year ago the team promised that they would be sending out an update at some point and today they have started that process.

While this update brings enhancements to the user experience, it is also temporarily disabling some features that current users might be using. This feature is the one that allows users to get instant notifications from people that they are in a group chat with. While this is missing in the 4.7 update, Skype promises to bring it back in a future update. The reason behind this decision is because Skype is supposed to stay on in the background of your device and at this moment it was draining too much of the device’s battery.

What’s New

  • Workaround for the KitKat bug which caused a runaway process when the camera was synced in the background.
  • Fix for audio and video calling on tablets that do not have Bluetooth.
  • Now lists your Windows Live Messenger contacts in the Skype (default) view, not just the All contacts view.

The update is on the Play Store but it of course is a rolling update so it might take several days for it to arrive to you (that is if you are using the application). Keep hitting that refresh button 😉 .

Download | Google Play Store

Source | Skype

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Justin Duino

Justin Duino

(Founder | Editor-in-Chief) - I am currently a student at the University of Nevada, Reno getting my degree in Computer Science.I have been fortunate to work with some brilliant people in the technology industry and plan to continue so for the rest of my life.I am currently using a Nexus 5, a Nexus 7 (2013), and a Nexus 10. Additionally, I am one of the first Glass Explorers with Google Glass and loving it!
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