Today we’re releasing Skype 5.10 for iPhone, which brings Skype URI support back to iPhones and new improvements to the dialer making it quick and easy to start Skype conversations and stay in touch with friends and family.
Skype 5.10 for iPhone brings support back for Skype URIs, which enable developers to easily use Skype’s messaging and calling infrastructure to start calls and chats straight from their mobile app or mobile website, rather than building their own. As long as the Skype app is installed on an iPhone, when a user taps on a Skype name or phone number, the URI will open the Skype app to connect a call or send a message*, making it faster than ever to reach friends, family or businesses.
For example, if you’re browsing restaurant options on an app or mobile website that utilizes Skype URIs, tapping on the phone number would launch Skype so you could call and make a reservation. To learn more about Skype URIs, click here.
We’ve also made improvements to the dialer to make it even easier to stay connected to the people who matter most. Now you can save phone numbers that have been entered into the dial pad and also phone numbers in your recent calls list. When you save the phone numbers, you can easily create new contacts so you don’t have to search for the number next time you call.
Let us know how you like the update or if you have a great idea to share via the new iOS Ideas group in the Skype Community. To get the latest news and tips, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. If you’ve not yet downloaded the latest version of Skype for iPhone, you can get the update from the App Store – all you’ll need is iOS 7 or later.
*If calling a landline or mobile number, you’ll need Skype credit.