Skype for Android has gone through numerous redesigns over the past year, and it’s about to go through one more. Microsoft today announced a new 6.0 update for the popular video chatting app that brings some visual changes and enhanced search features. For starters, the first thing you’ll notice is that Skype has gained a handful of Material Design enhancements. Microsoft has included a floating action button this time around, making it easy to start a new video call, audio call, chat or video message.
Additionally, Microsoft has brought some enhancements to the search feature, which will help you find your most important contacts and conversations much more quickly. Messaging in the app is improved, too. With the latest update, it will also be quicker to see which messages you’ve read and which ones you haven’t.
Skype 6.0 for Android
We have been publishing frequent updates to Skype for Android, adding new features such as custom ringtones, photo sharing, and web link previews. With Skype 6.0 for Android we’re making the following big improvements:
Redesigned for Android – Inspired by material design, we’ve made Skype even easier to use on Android phones. It’s simple, elegant, and delightful!
Floating action button – The floating action button makes it incredibly simple to start a new conversation, whether you’re starting a video call, audio call, chat, or sending a video message.
Enhanced search – With an upgraded search you can now find your most important contacts and conversations much faster.
Improved messaging – It’s now quicker to see how many unread messages you have as we’ve made it easier to identify what you’ve read and what you haven’t.
Skype 6.0 for iPhone and iPad
With Skype 6.0 for iPhone and iPad, we’re excited to release our best apps yet. Here is what’s new:
Redesigned for iPhone and iPad – We’ve redesigned Skype for both iPhone and iPad to make the apps easier to use than ever before. The new navigation is simple, familiar and gets you to your conversations fast. With Skype 6.0 you can use swipe gestures to quickly make calls and easily manage your messages. We have also made it easier to share photos, web links, emoticons and your location while you’re on a voice or video call.
Enhanced search – We’ve made it easier to find things in Skype. Simply use the new recents tab to search your messages and find contacts and groups.
The features you love, now on iPad – All the features you love on Skype for iPhone are on your iPad too. We’ve made messaging on Skype for iPad a whole lot better – you can share your location, send large emoticons, see web link previews and easily send and receive photos. Skype for iPad also helps you stay in touch with your groups – now start a group chat or a group voice call straight from your iPad.
We are really excited to get all these improvements into your hands. We are dedicated to continuously making Skype the best way to connect, and can’t wait to hear your feedback on Skype 6.0! If you haven’t already downloaded the latest version, get Skype for Android from the Play Store or Skype for iPhone and iPad from the iTunes App Store.
We are also working hard on the new Windows 10 Mobile to deliver a delightful Skype experience – we’ll let you know when we have more to share.
The version 6.0 update is now rolling out in the Google Play Store, so head to the link below for the download.