Posted 07/02/2013 at 3:05 PM
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Skype revealed yesterday that it has passed the impressive milestone of 100 million downloads on Android, and has given the app a major UI overhaul in celebration of that fact.
While incredibly popular, the general feeling among Android users is that the Skype app is a little way behind the desktop version in terms of usability. The revamp, however, ensures this is no longer the case; Skype opting to go with an excellent Metro style app similar to the design seen on Windows Phone.
Taking to its blog to inform fans of the news, head of mobile marketing at Skype, Derek Snyder said, “We started to reimagine what Skype would look like back when we launched our Windows Phone 8 app late last year.
“Our focus was simple: we wanted to deliver an app that makes your interactions easier and puts conversations first. Our Android team saw this great work and wanted to deliver an equally bold, beautiful, and modern design in this latest Skype for Android release.”
Snyder went on to reveal that the redesigning of the app has been done with the intention of making it faster and easier for users, especially when trying to send a message in a hurry. The new UI is clean and simple to use, making it a breeze to find current conversations and start new chats with contacts. There is also a new messaging window, which can be accessed by tapping on a person’s name and lets users make voice and video calls.
According to the company, building the new Android app from the bottom up will make it faster and more reliable, with focus very much placed on stability, performance and load time. No word was given, though, on when, or if, iOS will receive the same update.
The all-new Skype for Android is available to download now in the Google Play Store.