Skype update arrives for Android, brings battery saving changes

by: Andrew GrushMarch 18, 2014

Skype video messaging update

Today Skype is bringing us an update to version 1.7, which introduces “aggressive battery savings”, alongside a few other changes. With the new battery savings ‘feature’ in place, Skype can now reportedly run all day without taking too large of a toll on your device’s battery life.

In order to bring these battery changes, the Skype team says they had to make a few changes to the way the app works. While they don’t get into the specifics of what all they had to do differently, they do note that they have turned off instant notification of messages in group chats in order to help with battery life. At some point in the future they hope to re-enable these instant notifications while still providing the same battery savings.

So what else is different with Skype 1.7? While the battery savings is the biggest change, there’s also a few bug fixes and other minor tweaks including:

  • Workaround for the KitKat bug which caused a runaway process when the camera was synced in the background.
  • Fix for audio and video calling on tablets that do not have Bluetooth.
  • Now lists your Windows Live Messenger contacts in the Skype (default) view, not just the All contacts view.

You can grab the Skype update right away from Google Play. Get it on Google Play What do you think, glad to see Skype finally addressing its battery life performance issues? What other changes would you like to see from the Skype app in the future?

  • TJ

    Anyone know if this fixes the mm-qcamera-daemon issue on the Nexus 5?

    • venorme

      No it doesn`t.
      It`s app update and problem you`ve mention is system driver one and it requires Google patch for ROM

  • Stas

    Nice to hear it. It has consumed a lot battery before.

  • jack

    Pathetic. iOS uses APNS which uses pretty much zero battery. Light years ahead.

    • duck hairs

      That’s true and while its a very power efficient OS the batteries on the phones are so small so most android devices have better battery life.

    • Jayfeather787

      Pathetic? Nice description of yourself, though I think you left out the words “I am” in front of it.

  • Jayfeather787

    It stays in the RAM a lot, or at least it used to. Hope that is fixed, too.

  • BC

    Is it still having calling problems?

  • BC

    is it still having calling problems on bluetooth headsets? nice to hear about battery saving. lets put it to test.