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Skype update arrives for Android, brings battery saving changes

Skype has now received a new update for Android, which it says will make it possible to keep the app running all day long without taking a major toll on battery life.
March 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.

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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?