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Skype 4.7 for Android Looks to Give Your Battery a Breather

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In a post today on their blog, the Skype team reminded us that it made a promise back in July of last year, to make Skype for Android a better experience. Today, only 7 months later, Skype says it is finally delivering on that promise in the form of making its application less taxing on your device’s battery. 

Skype’s eventual plan is for you to be able to leave Skype on all day in the background without ruining your battery. The team says that it has had to transform the way that Skype works fundamentally, and while the process isn’t quite done yet, Android users can get benefits out of it today. Although, it will come with a cost.

Starting in Skype 4.7, instant notifications in group messages will be turned off. This will be fixed in a future update, but to stop the battery drain on this application, they had to take it out temporarily. It can be turned on manually, but that defeats the purpose of the battery savings they have worked towards.

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 live for us in the Play Store now, but if you don’t see it immediately, keep checking back over the course of today and tomorrow.

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Via: Skype
  • coolsilver

    Very active group chat notifications get annoying quickly anyway. Glad to see it gone. I set /alertsoff all the time on the ones that I been forced to join.

  • TC Infantino

    The battery drain was the main reason I stopped using Skype on my phone just about a year and a half ago. I still use Skype at home on my laptop to keep in contact with many of my friends. I am very happy to hear this new update.

  • Michael OBrien

    I hope that they fixed all of the other bugs. Skype automatically closing out. When you log out, it doesnt really log you out, and you still get notifications. Call quality is good, but takes awhile to settle down.

  • nerds

    why would someone use skype over say…..hangouts?

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      To communicate with other people who only use Skype?

    • Isaac W

      Exactly… Every time that I have used Skype, it was choppy and worthless. Hangouts has always given a better experience, without the extra bloat that M$oft likes to throw in… I encourage everyone I know to use Hangouts instead.

    • Allen Byrd

      Skype’s screen share feature works a lot better, along with several other little things.

    • coolsilver

      I don’t use hangouts or skype for voice/video chats. People refuse to get a G+ for hangouts.

  • Disqus_n00b

    So camera daemon comes from Skype, now it’s a “feature” to fix the glitch?