At Skype, we want to make it easier for you to stay connected with
the people who matter most. We are constantly working to improve and
simplify your Skype experience. Last year we launched material design for Android phones.
We received great feedback on the cleaner, more polished feel of the
app and how the UI added a bit of fun to your Skype conversations. Today
we’re pleased to announce Skype 7.0 for Android, which brings material
design to larger Android screens.
We’ve redesigned the tablet UI from the ground up, bringing a number
of material design inspired elements. The new floating action button
(FAB) makes it faster to send messages and start voice and video calls
with friends or groups—all from the main screen of the app. The FAB
changes your Skype experience dynamically to give you quick access to
important features like messaging, voice, video calls and Skype bots.
Multitasking features – the new tablet design makes
it easier to multitask as it comes with a multi-pane view when in
landscape orientation. Simply flip your device and you’ll be able to
send messages, files and check your latest conversations while on a
video or voice call.
Powerful search – Skype 7.0 also brings our improved
universal search to Android tablets, making it easier and quicker to
find contacts, chats, groups and Skype bots, right from the main screen
of the app.
Invite your friends to Skype – now, when you sign in
to Skype you will see all of your device’s address book contacts
displayed in your Skype contact list. If they aren’t already using
Skype, it’s now easier than ever to invite them. All you need to do is
click the “invite” button next to their name and they will receive a
message with all the info they need to get started.
If you haven’t already downloaded the latest version of Skype for Android, you can get the update from the Play Store
today. Downloading the latest version means you’ll also benefit from
the latest call quality and performance improvements and enjoy the most
recent Skype features—including mobile group video calling.
We’d love to hear your feedback!