Skype gets better in iOS and Android devices. Microsoft tweaks its messaging client for better user experience, call quality, and accessibility.
While Apple doesn’t love the idea of cross-platform or Google is exerting efforts to unify user interfaces in different platforms, Microsoft could be doing a good job and deserving a high five when it comes to mobile app design especially when it comes to Skype. Microsoft gives Skype a refreshed look for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.
Skype for iOS
Microsoft released Skype 4.1.3 for the iPhone and the iPad on October 8 to update its interface for the iOS 7. Skype for iOS also gets enhancements for its audio calling, video calling, and accessibility features.
The Skype for iPhone and the Skype for iPad gets improved accessibility for their dial pad with touch-type support. Other accessibility tweaks include voiceover to inform the recipient whom the message was from. The voiceover for group chat features was also improved.
The newest version is already available for download from the Apple App Store. The Skype 4.1.3 for iPhone is compatible with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, and iPhone 3GS. Those who want to get it for their iPod must have the third, fourth, or fifth generation device. The latest version of Skype also supports the iPad Mini and all generations of the iPad.
Skype for Android
Microsoft also released Skype 4.4 for Android to keep with its promise during the July launch of the app’s version 4.0 that it will bring the new Skype experience to Android tablets as well. The improved UI is also compatible for the Kindle Fire HD and the Fire HDX.
The application now displays the conversations first, most recent chats and calls. The quality and performance improvements bring Android devices users to the same level of experience as other users on different platforms.
The video quality has also been improved for Skype calls. According to the press statement, video images are four times better than older versions in terms of frame rates and clarity of image.
The Skype for Android also injects other improvements such as full support for TalkBack screen reader, audio routing, UX and display tweaks for seamless orientation switching, and fixes for incoming call problems that caused phones to reboot before.
The latest version of Skype for Android is now available for download at the Google Play Store. Kindle Fire tablet owners must wait for the particular download later this month.