Skype for Android Tablets Gets a Makeover

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About a year ago, Skype launched a major update for Skype for Android smartphones that was “inspired by” Google’s Material Design mantra. At the time, Skype said that the app had been redesigned on Android phones, but didn’t mention anything about Android tablets. Now, Skype for Android tablets finally gets material design in the version dubbed Skype 7.0 for Android.

“We are constantly working to improve and simplify your Skype experience. Last year we launched material design for Android phones. We received great feedback on the cleaner, more polished feel of the app and how the UI added a bit of fun to your Skype conversations,” the company said in a post on the official Skype blog. “Today we’re pleased to announce Skype 7.0 for Android, which brings material design to larger Android screens.”

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Skype for Android Tablets

The new Skype for Android comes with a redesigned interface for devices with larger screens. It also features a new floating action button (FAB) that makes it really easy for users to start voice and video calls as well as send messages with friends and groups from the main screen of the app.

Besides the FAB, the new Skype for Android interface provides users with quick access to Skype bots, which are essentially chatbots that allow for easy and quick interaction with other users. This feature can provide message suggestions based on the data it gathered from previous user interactions and also easily allows users to loop other bots into the conversation.

Version 7.0 also adds an improved universal search to Android tablets, so users can now sift through contacts, chats, groups, and recently added bots. The search function can be accessed via an icon on the top right corner.

Apart from faster accessibility, FAB and an improved universal search function, the niftiest change the new Skype for Android app brings to Android tablets is multitasking. Users will now be able to check the current conversations as well as share files when on a call or flip” their tablet in the landscape mode while on a voice or video call so as to send messages, files or check latest conversations.

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The new Skype for Android tablets version 7.0 clearly revolutionizes how people communicate while on the go and is a must have for entrepreneurs and business travelers who are always on the go. This new version is already available for download at the Play Store today.

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Antony Maina Antony Maina is a Staff Writer for Small Business Trends. His beat includes social media, general business reporting and exploring how people relate to technology. With a background in freelance writing, he is a contributor to other tech websites and can be found at Word4Bloggers.

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  1. This is the worst update that I have seen yet from Skype. Now when your tablet is in portrait mode the text area is squished into a much smaller area completely ruining the reason to use a tablet for the extra text real estate. And they didn’t give you a setting to undo the stupid change, and not only that Skype 7 is forcing itself into landscape mode which I will never ever use since my tablet is for bed use when I’m laying down in a fetal position reading. I had to uninstall it and reinstall the 6.x version just to get back to a normal text chat area.

    • YES. I second what Rod said.i went back to an older version and refuse to update until I can choose to get rid of the second side or at least make it smaller, I know my friends list so I don’t need to see their whole name and a massive space beside their name and lose out on actual text space. Never once have I used it in landscape mode and now they made it the highlight and ignored portrait mode entirely. And yet their are still other in l unfounded issues with the app as a whole

      Yet again Skype making it self worse with every update