Check out Skype’s new look for Android

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Last week, we found Skype in the headlines when the company took its video messaging feature out of the testing phase and went big with it, making it free to use on a number of mobile platforms. One of those platforms was Android, and today we get to continue the Android Skype story with the release of a new update, giving the app a fresh look.

If you’ve used Skype recently on Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8, this Android release should look well familiar to you; Microsoft is bringing that same design language across the platform barrier. The company calls the look “bold, beautiful, and modern,” and while it may feel a bit too much like Windows Phone for some Android die-hards, it does have a crisp, fresh appearance to it.

This update isn’t all about looks, and this release is supposed to increase usability and make it easier to get to all the different tools the app provides for communication. There’s also been work done at code optimization, helping speed things up, fix bugs, and decrease initial app load time.

We’ve yet to hear of a similar refresh for the Skype iOS app, but we imagine such a thing is in the works.

Source: Skype
Via: The Verge

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