Skype 2.8 for Android with faster startup experience and improved IM user interface
The main improvements over the previous version are:
- Improved start-up time
- In-app notifications of Skype app updates
- Instant Messaging user interface improved
- Widened the support of video rotation to many more devices
- Updated the list of devices which are video capable
More details on the new improvements in the app:
Improved start-up time
We have improved the start-up experience by optimizing the loading of the application. This should give a notable gain to the start-up experience when using faster devices.
In-app notifications of app updates
You will now receive a reminder within the app when a new version of Skype is available for your device, simplifying the upgrade process.
Instant Messaging user interface improved
We have implemented a more compact view so that you can view more messages on the screen. In addition, there are changes to the color scheme and to some of the notification messages.
Video rotation supported on most devices now
Video rotation is a feature that ensures that the video on your device will display correctly regardless of the orientation in which you hold your device. We have improved our video engine’s support for video rotation based on how you hold your device, which now covers most devices in the market.
Updated the list of devices which are video capable
A number of new devices have been video-enabled by default. New supported devices are:
- Samsung Captivate Glide
- Samsung Exhilarate
- Samsung Galaxy Note (GT-N7000, SGH-I717)
- Samsung Galaxy Player
- Samsung Galaxy S WiFi
- Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
- Samsung Vibrant Plus
- Samsung Vital
- Sony Tablet S
For other devices, you can enable video from the settings panel, but we can’t confirm the video calling experience on these devices.
On the Skype 188.8.131.520 for Android, we have also fixed a number of issues. The notable issue fixes are:
|Generic||Addressed many issues causing Skype to crash|
|Calling||Hardware volume buttons did not work on tablet devices|
Known issues for this release are:
|Calling||Audio call volume could be low on some devices||None available|
|Group conversation||Skype may crash when starting a new group IM conversation|
|Video||Video could be upside down on a few devices||Control the Video Rotation in the settings panel|