Skype for Android gets a pretty big makeover today with the introduction of version 3.0. Not only does Skype add a new tablet optimized UI, there is also improved sound quality, Microsoft Account support and much more.
Skype for Android 3.0 stands out as a massive improvement from the previous version. When using a tablet, the new UI features a two-column design that allows access to all the important areas of the app on the left-hand side and other information on the right. As for the smartphone version, it pretty much looks the same before, with most of the changes being under the hood.
What else is new? For those that don’t know, Microsoft recently announced it is retiring its Windows Live Messenger application, and so Skype for Android 3.0 sees the integration of Microsoft account support in order to help phase out WLM. You can now choose to use your Skype or Microsoft account to login. When signing in with the Microsoft account you will get access to all your existing contacts and can add new Skype contacts as well.
It’s also worth mentioning that the overall sound quality in voice calls and video have greatly improved in Skype for Android 3.0, thanks to the added support for Skype’s SILK wideband audio codec. Wondering if you’ll be able to use the new version? The requirements for Skype are actually pretty low, all you need is an 800MHz processor and Android 2.1, so basically all Android users out there should be able to get in on this update. As always, Skype works both with Wi-Fi or mobile broadband for all of its features.
Skype for Android 3.0 is available now through Google Play.
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Forced landscape mode….useless on small tab like nexus 7
I wouldn’t say it is useless but it is a bit inconvenient on the Nexus 7.