The Microsoft owned Skype has introduced a new version 3.0 for Android tablets. As everyone knows, Skype is synonymous with video chatting, and this latest update of its messaging & video calling application concentrates more on expanding its territory than on adding new features. The tablet market is growing rapidly all across the globe, and the Skype 3.0 version for Android brings an optimized User Interface specifically for this market.
Need for the update
People are no longer tied down to their PCs. A lot of internet and computing activity has moved beyond the desktop. As compared to the smartphone, the larger screen of the tablet makes the gadget ideal for making video chats. The sales of Android tablets such as Asus Transformer Prime, Google Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Acer Iconia, Sony S, Motorola Xoom, etc. are growing at a fast rate. Considering this, Skype has released its new version that will provide the tablet owners with crisper video calls.
What is the fresh version all about?
The key features of the update include a revamped UI, login from Microsoft account, and new audio codec. The new look consists of a 2 column style where the information display is on the right and the navigation options are kept on the left. The redesigned look makes full use of the spacious tablet screen. The UI design has a slight problem because on the smaller tablets such as Nexus 7, it works only in the landscape mode. Seen in context of camera placements, this compulsion makes the use of Skype on such tablets quite awkward and uncomfortable.
Skype 3.0 for Android also features the addition of SILK, a new audio codec. It has been specifically designed keeping in mind the human voice. Though the users will not get anything they can see, the effect will be noticeable during the calls as the codec copes with the varying internet connection speeds to optimize the audio quality.
The ability of logging in with a Microsoft account is a part of the update that signals the end of the practically defunct Windows Live Messenger. The Messenger will be retired officially in the first half of the next year, making Skype the official Microsoft chat option.
The bottom line is that the obligatory landscape option makes the Skype 3.0 for Android a ‘not so desirable’ application for the small size tablets. But, all the others should go for the update and enjoy an enhanced video calling and chatting experience. The app can be had from the Google Play Store for free.
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