Skype Update for Android Brings Improved Audio Support

Microsoft Skype has a new update rolling out in the Play Store today that brings improved audio controls to the messaging and communications apps.  The new build is version 8.15.04 for those keeping score at home.

In this new update, you can now switch between your audio sources while in a call.  You can switch between your phone’s build-in speaker/microphone, a wired or Bluetooth device without having to drop the call.  As you switch, you will lose a couple of seconds of audio, especially when moving to a Bluetooth connected device.  This new flexibility should make it easier to start a call while at your office, then move it to your car’s Bluetooth speakers so you can continue the call on your way home.

Along with the audio control improvements, this update to Skype also brings various bug fixes and performance updates.

Skype is a free app and a free service for calls between users with the ability to have credits to make landline calls and international calls.  All you need is a Microsoft account to use the service, which is also free.

If you have the app installed on your device, this update should be coming to you via an OTA update over the course of the next few days.