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Skype Updated to Version 4.0, Receives Another Facelift

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It’s a new month and to celebrate, Skype is launching a brand new Android app. After finally hitting a huge 100M download milestone, we are greeted with Skype version 4.0. Inside the app, there is a fancy new user interface, based on recent conversations more so than your contacts list. When you open the app, you now see lists of recent messages, allowing you to quickly start back up with chatting. 

What’s New:

  • Everything.
  • No, seriously. Quite literally everything. We took a closer look at all the ways people use Skype, and used that insight to lovingly redesign and rebuild a shiny new Skype for Android.
  • Got an Android tablet? Don’t worry if you don’t see any changes, yours are just around the corner…
  • Free and unlimited video messaging
  • Record life’s everyday moments and share them with the people who matter most, with free and unlimited video messaging over Skype.

A unified look on multiple platforms is something a lot of companies could benefit from. Good work, Skype.

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  • Patrick Simonis

    trust Microsoft to stuff things up, got the latest version of Skype and there is even less control over the app ie: no sign out option I have to use task manager to kill the stupid thing. it does support default output selection such as a Bluetooth device

    • imnotmikal

      Click your icon in the top right corner, then tap the bottom right corner to sign out :)

      • imnotmikal

        If you have a physical “menu” button, the bottom right corner may not be a button. Just hit your menu button at that point

  • Cloyd D’Mello

    i cudnt find anyway to sign out of the app…
    any1 had any luck with that.?

  • Leeroy Waddermelon

    The NSA is watching you.

  • SMD

    So…does video calling actually work now or is this lipstick on a pig?

  • skipregan

    “A unified look on multiple platforms is something a lot of companies could benefit from. Good work, Skype.” Thiis is the last thing we need. Please educate yourself about Android Design Guidelines and the reason for using them before writing about articles about android: http://developer.android.com/design/index.html

    • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

      I have to agree there. Android apps should follow Android design guidelines.

      • Chris

        see above.

    • Chris

      so where does google FORCE app developers to go by the guidelines? Do you REALLY want android to be like iOS and have every app look virtually the same?

      • ericl5112

        Google wants you to mix their guidelines in with your own style. Its a method that works really well, keeps things looking interesting, and helps make it so you don’t need to hunt down the settings menu (see new skype app).

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    And I see they still force you to have that stupid icon in your notification bar while signed in, with no way to get rid of it. Hey Skype, nice new UI, but this is 2013, not 2009. Stuff like that just makes it look like your developers don’t have a clue what they’re doing. Thanks but no thanks.

    • ericl5112

      Technically, google recommends having an icon like that for a background service. Android will eventually kill an app that does not have a notification icon, while it never will kill a service with a notification during general clean up.

      Some services can run for a long time in the background, especially on newer phones, but they will eventually die. Skype probably doesn’t want that. I hate the icon too, but there you have it.

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        So how does Hangouts get away with it?

        • ericl5112

          For one, google hangouts probably uses cloud push, meaning you don’t need hangouts running in the background. Skype has a lot of peer to peer stuff.

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            That’s a good point. I still wonder if they could move everything to C2DM and eliminate the need to have it constantly running.

    • zurginator

      It can be changed in the settings…. And it’s been an option since forever ago.

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        Correction. It used to be an option. If it exists in version 4.0, I can’t find it anywhere. If you’ve seen it, can you tell me where to find it?

        • zurginator

          Interesting, they did remove it. Either way you should have used “now” rather than “still” in your post, as it was an option.

  • valapsp

    Can’t see the update for nexus 7. Can someone upload the apk please?

    • duke69111

      From the article:
      Got an Android tablet? Don’t worry if you don’t see any changes, yours are just around the corner…

  • Ben

    How do I sign out? I can’t seem to find the option.

    • Gregor

      In your Profile, hit options button on your phone, there should be a sign out option. Its like they don’t want you to sign out… I wonder if they finally added “Push Notifications”

  • Patrick Chapman

    I’ll just stick with Google Hangouts…

    • sc0rch3d

      collapse voice into it and we’re good to go!

      • Patrick Chapman

        Amen to That!!!

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    • coolsilver

      Wish I could none my friends seems to care.

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  • Dominick White

    Not compatible with droid dna

    • DrSchlotkin

      WTF is this all about?!? Nice to see that my 6 month old phone running Jelly Bean is already forgotten. My guess it that it is Verizon’s fault.

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        Um…that’s entirely up to app developers. If an app isn’t available for your phone in the Play Store, that’s a setting that the developer has control over. It has nothing to do with Verizon, Google or anyone else. Blame Skype.

  • azholio

    Now with more NSA!