Skype 4.0 for Android gets a Windows Phone makeover

Summary:Skype released a major update for Android yesterday, improving the design and functionality of the application. Communications are made more efficient in this new version.

HTC One

Yes, I'm loving my HTC One, and I've been using Google+ Hangouts for video calling. But I'm going back to testing Skype, now that version 4.0 has been released with an all-new design. Skype 4.0 for Android functions much more like the version seen on Windows Phone 8.

As Derek Snyder stated on the Skype blog, Skype has been installed on more than 100 million smartphones around the world. Skype 4.0 has been built from the ground up, and is designed to make it easier to communicate with friends. Simply tap on a contact and see all the ways you can interact with your friends and family, including video calling, voice calling and messaging.

At first, I performed an update of Skype on my HTC One, but then I could not figure out a way to change my status to available/online. I uninstalled and reinstalled the app with better success, and took the new version for a spin. I still need to test out the impact on battery life and long-term reliability.

My friends and family use Skype more often than Google Talk, and I like that Skype is updating apps to have the same look, feel, and functionality.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Smartphones

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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