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Skype 5.5 for Android: Easier to Use = More Time to Chat

Today we’re delighted to announce Skype 5.5 for Android. In this release, we put extra focus on improvements that will make the app even easier to use, so you can spend more time chatting and sharing with people you care about most.

Simplified flow to sign back in

With the improvements we’ve made to battery use and notifications, you can comfortably leave Skype running on your Android devices without signing out. However, for those of you who still want to sign out, we’ve made it easier for you to sign back into the app. Skype now remembers your log-in details so you won’t need to.  Just one tap on the arrow, and you’re in and ready to send IMs or make calls. You can also change the setting so the password is required every time you sign in. While signed in, just tap on the menu icon “…” > “Settings” and look for the option under the Privacy section.

skype app sign in

Preview web links in chat on Android devices

In addition to making it easier to sign back in, we’re happy to let you know that the web link preview feature we introduced to Mac and iOS will be rolled out to Android in the next few weeks. Now when you send a web link in chat, a rich visual preview of the content is automatically displayed, making it much easier to see what’s been shared.

skype android web link preview

You can download the update starting today in the Play Store.

We’re always looking to improve your experience on Skype and pay close attention to your feedback. To share your feedback in-app, just tap on the menu icon “…” > “Settings” and tap on “Feedback” under the Support section. To get the latest news and tips, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and join us on the Skype Community.

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