Microsoft’s Skype team announced that the Skype app for the iPhone is about to get a massive update that will make it faster. It will reportedly be five times faster than its predecessor and will be available around the world in about a week. Skype Product Marketing Manager Eric Lin said that “This is the biggest change ever to Skype for iPhone, and soon we will be delivering a new iPad version too.”
Aside from this improvement in speed the app also comes with several other notable improvements such as being less laggy compared to the previous version. iPhone owners will now have a smoother experience when using the Skype app on their phones.
Here are the key features of this new update
- Faster: You’ll notice the effort we’ve put into this overhaul as soon as you launch Skype 5.0 for iPhone. The new version is over 5 times faster than the old version.
- Smoother: As you swipe from conversations through to your favorites and then back to your contacts lists, you’ll notice how smooth scrolling and transitioning from screen to screen is – with delightful little pops and animations punctuating them. All without degrading the performance and battery improvements we worked so hard to achieve.
- More Integrated: Now, iPhone users can start group chats from the hub. And when you send messages or photos, it doesn’t matter if the recipient is offline. Everyone will see your message as soon as they are available again.
- Smarter: We know our users are using Skype on multiple devices, and we want to make sure your Skype notifications keep pace with your conversations, no matter where they happen. Now, as you read your messages on your PC, tablet, Xbox and so on, those conversations will be marked as read (or unread if new messages come in) on your iPhone too.
All of these improvements are done without sacrificing the battery life of the device. The new version of this app will basically look just like its Android and Windows Phone counterparts but still retain an iOS flair.