Even with Microsoft pulling Skype's strings, there are still updates coming to the Android version of the app. Skype 4.4 brings the usual collection of bug fixes and tweaks, but there's also a new tablet UI and improved video quality for all Android devices.


The updated tablet UI will emphasize conversations by displaying your most recent calls and chats with each contact entry. The look and feel has been streamlined a bit too. Tablet and phone users will also be getting vastly improved video quality – as much as 4x the old video resolution with higher frame rates, bandwidth permitting. These changes apply to standard Android devices, but also to the Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets.

The update should be in Google Play at some point today, but it won't be on the Fire tablets until later this month. You can, and should, start preparing for the clearer video now. Get a haircut or something, hippie.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • julianndimare321

    my Aunty Emily got Volvo XC60 SUV by working
    part-time at home. recommended you read J­a­m­2­0­.­ℂ­o­m

    • rahulkadukar

      So ?

    • Shitiz Garg

      God dammit, I worked full time and all I got was a Toyota Corolla at Jam40.sucks....

  • Marcell Lévai

    Skype on steroids, woohoo! I'm really happy to see Microsoft improving their portfolio :)

  • IrishSid

    Thanks for not ending the article with something like...

    >So, will you be using the updated Skype? What's your preferred video chat client? Let us know in the comments.

    • whargharbl

      Or a poll:
      >I don't care I just want to click stuff in a poll.

    • RyanWhitwam

      Yeah, we don't do that here. Instead, we call our readers hippies.

      • Majeed Hamid

        Thanks for the idea. Everyone has his/her choice and this will help people like me who love using skype to know the latest update coming in.

  • Slawootsky

    Will we also be able to change the font size for each message or it's just Microsoft screwing up again?

  • tokuiten

    Will we finally get portrait mode on tablets?

    • Ryuuie

      No, I tried it on my Nexus 7 and it's stuck in landscape mode permanently.

  • Andrew

    Does this version still have the Microsoft-added feature that allows the NSA to monitor Skype conversations?

    • acey_zero

      I'm certain it does

  • QwietStorm

    Can you use a Bluetooth headset on your phone yet?

  • Josh C

    Did they fix the nexus 4 4.3 phone crash bug yet? Its only a bug thats been around for...a long time..

    • c0n0r

      I seen a tweet earlier that said the latest update (from the 4th I think) fixed this but I haven't tested it yet

  • Primalxconvoy

    Do you think there will ever be an update to make Skype work? It would be great if I could actually use it as a reliable sms replacement and even better if I could use it while attaching my phone to a monitor via the galaxy_note smart dock.

  • CaryWeiner

    On the other hand... ℬ­ℴ­w­6­.­c­o­m

  • Hayden Andrew

    Does anyone have an APK?

  • Martin Nilsson

    The last UI update never hit my Nexus 7 (2012) as far as I can remember. Maybe now is the time then =)

  • L7

    Is LG L7 automatically sign out bug is fixed?

  • Alucard291

    Aaaaaand now you can't use a Bluetooth keyboard as there is no way to "send" - enter goes down a line and the send button disappears when your bt keyboard is active.


    P.S. It made me giggle