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Skype 5.0 for Android update takes full advantage of your address book
Skype stands as one of the most widely used forms of online communications. It has a strong following and apps for every major platform. The Android app has had its share of issues, but there is one constant, pestering problem that stands out for me. The app simply doesn’t seem to blend with the Android ecosystem.
Skype feels like a phone within your phone. It has its own address book, it’s own calling system, it’s own messaging platform and everything it needs. Skype 5.0 takes the communications tool and brings it closer to the Android experience by merging and taking advantage of your phone’s address book.
With the latest update, Skype gets the ability to use your contact list and find users with Skype accounts. The Skype app will ask you to verify your number, which it will then use to allow other users to find you.
What makes this new feature even more special is that Skype and your address book won’t be the only ones trying to connect you with others. Those who use their Microsoft account to sign into Skype will also get friend suggestions based on their email contacts. In short, Skype will look anywhere it can to find your friends.
Privacy was also of grand importance. Your phone number will not be displayed in your public profile, and you can even deactivate it if you wish not to be found in this manner. Choosing whether or not you want Skype to automatically add friends to your list is also an option.
The update starts rolling out today, but don’t get too excited just yet. There is a sizable “but” here. Though this update brings this featured to the app, it won’t be activated until months from now. You should be prompted to verify your number “in the coming months”, so let’s stay tuned and be patient.
The app is available from the Google Play Store, so go download or update it if you want to join the party.