Is This Really Skype? Skype 4.0 For Android Looks Nothing Like Skype For Android [Updates]

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What’s new in Skype 4.0 for Android? In one word, everything. At least, that’s the claim on the app’s page in Google Play. Indeed, the new Skype for Android is significantly different from its predecessor and features a much simpler and cleaner design, which seems to be strongly influenced by Skype’s Modern version for Windows Phone.

The new Skype for Android is not about new features. In fact, you won’t find many of those in Skype 4.0. If anything, there are less feature than in previous versions, with less contact list view modes and less availability statuses. The real difference between the old Skype and the new is in look and feel, and it definitely looks and feels different, as you can see in the screenshots below (old on the left, new on the right).

Gone is the classic Skype start screen with its Contacts, Recent, Call Phones and Profile buttons. Your Skype home screen is now your recent communications, which you can swipe left and right to access your favorite contacts, and your entire list of contacts. When it comes to filtering contacts, you can now only view all of them at once, or only those who are online at the moment.

Calling, texting, and viewing your profile are now done via buttons you can find on the top and bottom of the screen. While the features and information displayed are mostly the same, the interface itself is almost unrecognizable.

Skype for Android now also includes free and unlimited video messaging, a feature which also arrived on iOS not so long ago. If a contact is not available to talk at the moment, you can hit the record button to record a video message instead, and send it along just like any IM.

Skype for Android is continuing to improve over the years, and this new update looks like another step in the right direction. Microsoft seems to be taking its entire mobile line in the direction of Modern UI, which might not sit well with its haters, but the overall feel of the app is cleaner and less cluttered.

Download: Skype 4.0 on Google Play

What do you think of Skype 4.0 for Android?

Source: Skype Blog

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Comments (39)
  • djbruce

    I hate the fact that the new Skype opens on the recent conversation tab. I only want a quick look and see who is online.
    Can I hide “recent” tab and have “users” as my home screen?

  • steveg

    Yaara – you’re missing the point.

    With more than 500 contacts, I need a search function for my current contacts – don’t want to add more

  • TheLouiee

    Can i not add new contacts from my phone? Its cool, BUT
    I liked the old one Way more, and I dont know how to add new people. The old one i could type a name in and say search in the Skype directory.. I cant or dont know how to do it.. Is it possible? Could someone help =) please..

    • Yaara Lancet

      In the app’s menu there’s an “Add People” option where you can search for contacts and add them.

  • Mordechai

    New Android version 4.0 does not work on Samsung Galaxy S.
    No sound.
    Cannot switch cameras.
    Useless!
    How do I rollback?

    • Yaara Lancet

      Unless you have backup of the older version, I don’t think you can. You could try asking on MakeUseOf Answers, maybe someone will have a brilliant idea.

  • Chris

    If one added extra phone numbers to a Skype contact in the past, that contact is now split multiple contacts: one contains the skype name and one telephone number, the other contains all the remaining phone numbers. And the only way to determine which one is the one with the correct contact details is to open all the profiles of the contact. What a royal pain!

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