Skype Revamps Apps for Android, iPhone, iPad

Heads up, video chatters. Skype on Thursday announced it has redesigned its apps for Android, iPhone, and

Skype 6.0 for Android — which is rolling out today — offers simpler navigation, inspired by Google’s Material Design standard, along with enhanced search and messaging. Meanwhile, Skype 6.0 for iPhone and iPad, available now, offers a “completely redesigned” user interface including a new, more powerful search feature.

The new Android version features a “floating action button” that lets you easily start a new video or audio call, text chat, or video message. On iOS, you can now use swipe gestures to quickly make calls and manage your messages. There’s also a new “recents” tab on iOS, which lets you search your messages to find contacts and groups.

Skype also brought all the features of its iPhone app to iPad devices, including the ability to share your location, send large emoticons, and see web link previews.

“We are really excited to get all these improvements into your hands,” Skype said in a blog post. “We are dedicated to continuously making Skype the best way to connect, and can’t wait to hear your feedback on Skype 6.0!”

The latest version of Skype for Android is rolling out to the Play Store now while the revamped iPhone and iPad versions can be found in the App Store.

Meanwhile on the video chat front, T-Mobile on Thursday introduced a new feature that lets you make video calls as easily as a phone call. “Of course, there are apps that do video calling,” T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray acknowledged. “But this isn’t another app.”

T-Mobile Video Calling

On devices with T-Mobile Video Calling, you’ll see a small camera icon next to contacts with devices able to receive video calls. If the person you’re trying to reach can’t take video calls, the video icon will be grayed out. >more


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