Skype unveils lighter version of its app for Android

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Credit: https://blogs.skype.com/news/2018/03/02/skype-now-optimized-for-android-devices-running-4-0-3-to-5-1/

Microsoft has released an optimized version of Skype designed for Android devices 4.0.3 to 5.1. In the next couple of days, Skype light will become available globally to everyone using version 4.0.3 to 5.1 of the Android operating system

The optimized version of the face-to-face chat app is light on both disk and memory consumption. What that means is that your device will now be faster, with improved video and audio calling. Skype users in areas where internet connection is erratic can now access the app without the usual restriction associated with the main version of the app. It means increased opportunity for the Microsoft-owned app to rise above its current slow growth.

Skype light is long overdue considering how other apps had previously launched lighter version of their apps. Messenger and Twitter for instance do have lighter versions of their apps. Same goes for Instagram that can be accessed by users offline. That said, we hope Skype can build on this and get its service back on track.

Yesterday, Skype launched a new feature called Gallery. Gallery was added to Windows 10 version of the app, and helps you to easily retrieve shared content including media, links, and files.

The Gallery pane shows all shared content from the beginning of the chat. What that means is that you can quickly find a picture you shared in the recent past, or better still, a link sent by a contact to you in the chat.

To filter a content in the Gallery, all you need to do is click the “All” drop-down and select Media, Links, or Files. For example, “you can filter by Media to group images—making it easy to save them to a folder and create a photo gallery.”

To display what you want done with the content, simply right-click an item to display. You can copy or save an image, copy or save forward a link or file, or if you like, remove content from the chat. You can also select View in Chat to jump back to the content in the conversation.

In 2017, Skype rolled out a new and attractive design for its desktop version. The version for desktop comes with several changes including, colorful design, in-group conversations, cross-device functionality, cloud-based ability to make easier to share files, photos, and videos, and chat list.

Skype is already very popular as a mobile video chat app; but the desktop version is about to share in that popularity too. Desktop or mobile; Microsoft is assuring everyone that they can now get the same feature and quality regardless of the platform. Going forward, you can send and receive messages in real-time, answer calls directly from your PC, and share your screen with your colleagues and friends.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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