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Skype releases updated Android app with Windows Phone design

Boasts a fresh look and a focus on messaging
Mon Jul 01 2013, 16:20

MICROSOFT OWNED Skype released Skype for Android 4.0 on Monday, which it claimed boasts a modern look and overall improved performance and quality.

Bringing the Android app in line with its Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 counterparts, Skype for Android 4.0 features a completely reworked user interface, offering a more minimalist, cleaner feel similar to that of Microsoft's Windows 8 desktop operating system.

The redesign is also to bring messaging to the forefront of the service, Derek Snyder, head of marketing at Skype said in a blog post, as the firm looks to cater to mobile users' needs first.

Snyder said, "We started to reimagine what Skype would look like back when we launched our Windows Phone 8 app late last year. Our focus was simple: we wanted to deliver an app that makes your interactions easier and puts conversations first.

"Our Android team saw this great work and wanted to deliver an equally bold, beautiful, and modern design in this latest Skype for Android release. Everything is at your fingertips. As soon as you open the app, you'll notice the clean new look listing your recent conversations - just tap on one to catch up and reply."

As well as bringing messages to the forefront, Skype said that it has "built the app from the ground up" to ensure that everything runs quickly and smoothly, so expect making calls to be quicker and video calls clearer.

As well as the releasing its updated app, Skype announced today that it has been installed on 100 million Android phones worldwide.

"We're so thankful - reaching such an achievement would be impossible without the support of our users, and we continue to put you and your needs at the heart of everything we do," Snyder added.

Skype for Android 4.0 is available to download for free from Google Play. There's no word on an iOS update yet, but it's likely to arrive any day now. µ


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