A new update to the Skype for Android app is rolling out, bringing end-to-end encryption for conversations and other improvements. The update is version 18.104.22.168 for those keeping score at home and should be available to everyone in the Play Store by now.
The big new feature in this update is what Microsoft is calling Private conversations. It is end-to-end encryption for your conversations that you have within the message app. By encrypting it, you don’t have to worry about your text or video conversations being intercepted. If they are, they are encrypted and protected. It is a key feature that is important in this day and age for messaging apps.
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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.
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Microsoft’s Skype for Android has hit a rare benchmark. The communications app has hit the 1 billion downloads mark, something that few apps have reached, especially those outside of Google itself. The messaging, calling and video app has been around in various names for years and is one of the linking apps between phones and PCs for Windows users. It may have taken it a while to hit one billion downloads but it did it and many others have never come close. Indeed, even Microsoft’s other apps are mostly in the 100 million download range.
Like many of their other Android apps, Microsoft has continued to update the features of Skype and that continues today. There is a small update that is rolling out in the Play Store that bring messaging improvements. The update is version 22.214.171.124295 for those keeping score at home and should be rolling out to users over the course of the next few days.
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Skype for Android has a small but nice update rolling out in the Play Store this morning. The new build, version 126.96.36.199 for those keeping score at home, brings some UI refinements as well as some useability improvements to the long standing video and messaging app. Probably the biggest change is the Calls tab interface. It has been updated with a quick call option and a new dialer button. Those of you who use Skype for calls, particularly international calls where the service really shines, will enjoy this update as it is much cleaner.
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There is another new update to Skype for Android, the second such update in as many weeks. The latest build, version 7.16 for those keeping score at home, brings some fixes and improvements to the messaging app but more importantly, brings Accessibility support to Bot cards. As you might remember from the last update, Microsoft and their partners added a new Bots feature where you could get automated information and even place orders with some companies. Now the company has enabled those Bots to work with the accessibility features of your phone. If you have those features enabled, Skype will now support it and allow you to interact with the Bot properly.
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The Skype app for Android has been update with full support for Android Nougat as well as a host of other fixes and improvements. The updated build is version 7.14 for those keeping score at home and if you have the messaging app installed already, you should see the OTA update come to your phone or tablet over the course of the next few days. While support for the latest version of Android is great, that really isn’t the banner item in this update. Rather, it is a number of user related issues that the team addressed as well as cross-app suggested contacts.
The suggested contacts gives you suggestions on contacts you can reach through Skype from other Skype apps. For example, if you have Skype for Business installed on your phone, you can now see suggested contacts for your business contacts in Skype. You can have this setting set to automatically add your contacts or you can manually add them.
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The latest update to Skype is rolling out in the Play Store and with it comes bots. The messaging, text and video call app now has a wide selection of automated services that can be accessed to play games, give you information and help you with tasks throughout your day. There are dozens of bots to use within Skype and they are accesses from the floating menu at the bottom of the display, the same you use every day for IMs, video calls and phone calls. Now when you open up the menu you will see the option to chat with a bot. This new feature is in build 188.8.131.528 for those keeping score at home and if you have Skype installed, you should get the OTA update over the course of the next day or two.
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Microsoft and Lenovo have entered into an agreement which will see the Redmond company’s apps appear on the Beijing based company’s future Android phones. The announcement by the companies will bring Microsoft Office apps, OneDrive and Skype to select Lenovo devices going forward. Which specific devices is not laid out in the press release.
“Microsoft’s thrilled that our productivity apps will be pre-installed on Lenovo’s premium devices,” said Nick Parker, corporate vice president OEM Division, Microsoft. “The marriage of Microsoft’s apps and Lenovo’s Android-based devices will enable customers around the world to be more productive, more connected and achieve even more.”
For Lenovo, they are gaining access to some of Microsoft’s patents and IP (Intellectual Property) to be cross-licensed in Motorola and Lenovo devices.
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